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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 4

The second key revolves around Ken Ramirez’s definition of an advanced training technique. An advanced training technique is anything that requires experience to use well and which two or more trainers cannot agree on. I have always loved that definition….

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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 1

I wanted to share Alexandra Kurland’s reply to a recent question posted in the online course forum here, as it says so many things that people new to clicker training need to know, and there was no point in writing…

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Do I Fix Riding Problems by Riding?

I always get a giggle when people new to clicker training ask ‘But when do I get to ride?’ Those of us who have been with Alex Kurland from the early days remember it was many clinics before we got…

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Resistance-Free Bridling

I’m hoping you checked out my article “Resistance-free Bridling” in the September/October issue of Horse-Canada magazine, where I talk about teaching your horses to bridle himself. It utilizes the foundation lesson of targeting. If not, be sure to pick up…

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The Joy of a Clicker Trained Horse

This week I’m posting a video of things that a lot of people don’t often associate with clicker training. They are not the cute tricks that most people associate horses and clicker work with. However, for those of you who…

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Spring Song’s Friend Cecelia

Monday Spring Song picked up the ringed toy, raised her head, held the toy and shook it. Wow!!!! I told her she was BRILLIANT and instantly ended her training session. This photos shows Spring Song (with white on her face)…

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Working with Overhead Distractions

Yesterday was a REALLY noisy day in the arena. I decided it would be a GREAT time to do liberty work. Darryl Rice was replacing the plastic on each side of the middle of the arena roof. There were many…

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Zelador Shows Spring Song How It’s Done

The following is a training diary from the past week. May 5 Monday before riding practiced walk, big walk, trot, walk, halt along the wall on lead, developing a soft, slow trot that won’t jar my neck or old bones….

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Spring Song, the One-Horse-Orchestra

Yesterday, Spring Song walked to the maracas hanging on the south wall. For her to touch them she has to raise her nose quite high. Well, touch them she did. They made their noise and she looked at me. I…

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Spring Song at Liberty

Every time I play with Spring Song I am amazed at how cooperative she is, how quickly she understands things and how happy she is to play with me. I’ve never had such a receptive “pupil”. There are lessons in…

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