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.
Last week we looked at the ‘no go‘ horse. So now how did this same exercise help sort out the ‘no whoa ‘horse? Once again, we discussed the plan without the horse and walked through it until the handler had read more
In the last few blogs, we have been learning about the foundation exercise of standing on a mat. Now, I’d like to show you how you can use this foundation exercise in different ways to help train a variety of read more
Hopefully you had some fun and success playing with targeting to the mat, but possibly you have one of those horses who has some issues from being MADE to do stuff and so is very afraid to try it. In read more
Why on earth would I want to teach my horse to stand on a mat? At first glance, it seems like an easy enough thing to do, and perhaps it is, if you only look at the “big picture” and read more
This week’s blog should be on the next foundation lesson; mat work. Instead after struggling with whether to write about a recent clinic I went to or not here, I felt I must deviate from our foundation lessons for a read more
I like to relate grown-ups and duration by suggesting you look at it this way. You and I are having a great conversation, you have my attention and I have yours. We are responding to each other’s emotional bids. Now read more
There are all sorts of discussions out there about are you using positive or negative reinforcement. The real question should be: how do I teach? How can I stop behaviour I don’t like or train a behaviour want? The training read more
But my horse is STILL muggy! So what if you have tried to follow the steps but your horse is still not great at grown-ups? You now have the cleverest horse in your barn but in between being brilliant he read more
Why do some horses that are fed treats become muggy? Usually, a horse is muggy, not because they are getting treats, but because the treats are fed indiscriminately. The horse gets treats for no apparent reason that he can see. read more
For some folks this would be a dream come true, but what does this have to do with clicker training? Let’s start by looking at the idea of getting paid to do nothing. I even thought it might be fun… read more