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Deworming Prep: Part 1

Let’s look this week at how clicker training can help every day issues like deworming. Is your horse easy to deworm or does he run at the sight or smell of the dewormer tube? Again a lot of where you begin will depend on just how bad your horse is ...

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My Mother Dresses Me Funny: Part 2

So let’s continue on from last week’s blog… After a week’s worth of practicing you should be ready to bet that $100! Once this ‘going to the target’ behaviour is solid and predictable (see the Eggo stationary targeting video in last week...

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My Mother Dresses Me Funny: Part 1

Seems winter is upon us, here in Alberta at least, and that means the daily chore for some of us of blanketing. Being inherently lazy or maybe just being the kind of person who likes chores to be efficient or maybe just from blanketing a lot of horse...

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Cue Transfer: Part 2

I hope you all had fun playing with transferring the head down cue from the lead to a lifted hand. Now let’s look another cue transfer. I now want Oli to put his head down when I turn on the clippers. Once again, I go through the same process and w...

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Playing with Head Down and Cue Transfer: Part 1

Now that you have head down using a lift of the lead rope, make sure it is solid…that you get head down promptly every time you lift the lead. Now we can have some fun and play with cue transfer. Many people ask how to put a behaviour on cue. Remem...

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Head Down: Part 2

I hope you have all tried the up for down method and are having some success. There are usually three ceilings that the horse will stop at. To get them past this sticky level first make sure you are allowing him to go as far down, but releasing both ...

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Head Down: Part 1

Our next foundation lesson is head down. With clicker training, we teach head down a bit differently. Head down is taught by lifting up on the lead rope. At first, this seems rather counter intuitive, lifting up to get down. Why not just ask for head...

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Happy Faces: Part Two

By now you should be both smiling and having an even better time, so now we need to look at generalizing this behaviour just like all our behaviours. Perhaps you have encountered grumpy faces in your horse when you go to feed him. This behaviour is u...

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Happy Faces

The next foundation lesson is called Happy Faces. Whether it is yourself doing the smiling or being on the receiving end of a smile, smiles just make you feel good. Behaviour and emotion are neurophysiologically linked so when you change one you can ...

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Mat Work and Trailers: Part 2

I hope you played with mats and moving them to different locations last week and worked a bit on building duration as well after your horse was ok in the new locations. This week we are going to add in a couple more components. The first one is playi...

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