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New Year, New Horse

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015.  With a new year comes a new blog topic. Late in 2014, I was given a lovely horse, “U” and he will be the topic for the most part for the blog for this year.  He is what we call in clicker training a cross-ov...

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The End to a Great Year

I’d like to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a positive New Year. I also wanted to thank Horse Canada for publishing my articles. I will only be doing the blog this coming year, so those of you who enjoyed the articles in th...

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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 6

Clicker training for many is something they slip on easily like a well fitting glove. For others it represents a real U-turn in their thinking. They have become comfortable with their current tool kit. Swinging a lead doesn’t feel forceful. It&...

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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 5

So, the second key is staying true to clicker principles – no matter the challenge. It may seem easier to slip back into old training habits, but that wasn’t going to help this stallion. It might have gotten compliance – for a short...

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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 ...

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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 3

Opening the First Lock I always go back to this: I did some of my very best training when I knew the very least. At the time I was surrounded by people who knew how to muscle horses around. They were perfectly willing to use strong pressure to impose...

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Magic Hands and Goblins

In the November/December issue of Horse-Canada, in my article “Starting Them Young: Clicker Training Foals,” I mentioned two new games – Magic Hands and Touch the Goblins. The goal of magic hands is to have the horse maintain a li...

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Clicker Training Foals

Begin at the Beginning. No matter what the age of your horse one should always begin at the beginning of training because there will always be holes to fill in. Going back and revisiting basic lessons is always valuable. In my latest Horse-Canada art...

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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 2

Expanding Clicker Training Through the People Who Use It I have always said clicker training benefits the most from two groups. The first are the experienced horse trainers who bring their horse handling skills and knowledge into the community. We ne...

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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 my own version as she writes ...

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