Clicking with the Pony Fairy

My name is Monty Gwynne, but I am better known as "The Pony Fairy." As the only Canadian-approved Alexandra Kurland 'Click That Teaches' instructor, I have used clicker training for the past 15 years. For three decades before that, I successfully trained horses and their humans using conventional means. So, why did I change my training methods? Simply put, it works better and faster, but, more importantly, it builds great relationships, and is fun for the horse and trainer. Clicker training produces an eager, interactive animal, who is engaged in the learning, a horse who wants to be with you.

In this blog, I will provide foundation lessons, then expand on these teachings to show you how to train anything you can imagine. I hope you will join me each week and start to build a great relationship with your horse through clicker training. I look forward to your questions and comments!

Please note that the opinions and methods expressed on this blog are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Horse Publications Group.

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….

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 –…

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….

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…

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 light contact between…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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