Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mini Helps Salvation Army

Miniature horse, Handsome, with Peggy Hogan, clicker trainer, helps ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Color and Symbol Discrimination

Teach your horse to discriminate between colors, and also between symbols.

More information:

Horse's Brain

Object Discrimination

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mini Fun

A fun video by Peggy Hogan, clicker trainer:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Clicker Training Independent Seat

Working on an independent seat with the horse with clicker training.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Clicker Training Vinur, Icelandic Horse

Nice job with the training of this Icelandic Horse, Vinur; loose rein, the horse has some nice head nod, he looks relaxed, use of his body is not restricted by the rider or the tack.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Desensitizing Under Saddle

An 11 year old girl works with a 6 year old pony. Anndi practices her seatwork to help her find her balance without relying on stirrups. Nina learns that not all movement the rider makes means stop or go forward. Nina learns patience and rhythm and Anndi gets to experience the progress a young horse can make in one lesson.

Clicker Training Lifting Feet

This is a demo to show how a horse has learned to pick up his feet with clicker training.

Clicker Training More Energy at the Walk

Clicker training for more energy at the walk; bareback, bitless, barefoot.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mo, TWH and Ball

Mo, Tennessee Walking Horse, picking up his ball, via clicker training.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Clicker Training Cilla

This gal has done an excellent job teaching her horse to pickup the handle ball and hand it to her.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pony Whoa

Putting a good stop / whoa on the pony.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bridless Riding with Targeting

Brenda has combined bridleless riding and targeting in this video:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Clicker Training for Sheath Cleaning

The pony that has recently come to stay here for a while, is pretty dirty in the sheath area. I take my time with new horses and don't try to rush into things, so we're just now getting around to addressing the sheath cleaning.

The other day when he was in the round pen, I took a picture when he was slightly dropped, to use as a baseline for reference. He is very scaley and loaded with "stuff". Not much gunk because it's not sticky, it's pretty hard. With the light (and mottled) skin, I worry about something being cancerous.

It must be very uncomfortable for him.

This afternoon, I had nothing on the calender, so decided to *do* nothing. I put him in a small corral and took a book and chair to sit and read. I figured I could click him if and when he dropped. No pressure. Nothing asked. That would be a start to sheath cleaning.

Well, in watching him, I didn't get much reading done. It's hard to read and watch for the slightest try in dropping. Impatient, that's me.

I thought about it, thought about the mechanics, and decided that if I put some lubricant inside the sheath, that would at least help with loosening up some of the scaley stuff, even if he didn't drop. As I put my hand in, I was able to touch him, and clicked. He's pretty smart, and I think he made a connection.

I didn't want to stand with my hand inside of the sheath (neighborhood kids and all....), so I figured if I just put my hand on the sheath, on the outside, I would be able to feel if he was dropping at the slightest, and click that.

Yes, that's all it took for him. He got the idea, and dropped more and more each time.

I got some pictures for a baseline. I added more lubricant to soften the scaley stuff, and altho the whole procedure only took a few minutes, and we didn't *do* any purposeful cleaning, he looks a little cleaner. Not clean by any standards, but better than he was.

As I said, I don't hurry through these things, so it'll wait til the next opportunity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Clicker Training Horse to Halter

Clicker training the horse to the halter. It makes haltering much easier! The horse learns to love his halter!

Soccer Ball Clicker Training

This is is just starting to learn to target the soccer ball.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Clicker Training Icelandic Horse Stallion

Clicker training demo with an Icelandic Horse stallion, by Debby Short.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Clicker Training with the Ball

Horses enjoy spending fun time with their owners, and also enjoy learning new behaviors, and the clicker training!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Clicker Training the Pony to the Ball and Preparation for Laying Down

I played with Tonka, the pony, today.

We worked on chasing the ball; he's getting a little faster in going to it, leaving me to go to it (previously I would have to go with him to get to the ball), and returning to me for the treat.

We also starting some preliminary work on laying down. I wet him, and found that he is fine with the hose. He will stand at liberty, no lead rope, and be sprayed with no problem. He will also put his mouth in the spray.

After being sprayed, I left him for a while, watching for when he would drop and roll. I captured it three times, and clicked him. He received jackpots of watermelon and peppermints. He hasn't made the connection yet, tho.

We'll have to see how long it takes.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Clicker Training the Pony

Still working on clicker training the pony to hold the flag!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Old Horse Learns New Tricks

A 28-year old horse learning with clicker training:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pony Flag

Working on duration for the pony holding the flag, and he already smiles really well :-):

Monday, September 8, 2008

Elephant Stand

Here's a look at the "elephant stand" (a platform) being used with a horse:

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Saturday, August 23, 2008


Clicker training Hylling:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Clicker Training Laying Down

Here's a story about how to capture a horse laying down:


and a little video:


Driving, Cart Pulling

Starting a horse with driving and getting used to the shafts of the cart, with clicker training:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Clicker Trained Horse

Here are several behaviors done by a clicker trained horse:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Teaching Pony to Follow Ball

We are teaching the pony to follow the ball, with clicker training. At first he would not follow it alone, we had to walk beside him. He is a lead-line pony, so that may be ingrained from his training. After a little practice, he would take a few steps to follow the ball alone. We are working on extended his thread, so that he will go out and away a little further as we progress. He is at liberty, the gate is open, he can leave at any time. When we get good consistency at length of travel, we will add a little speed to it. It will be fun to see him trot to the ball!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Trailer Loading with Clicker Training

A few videos showing trailer loading a horse with clicker training, in which a previously non-cooperative horse is loading at liberty:

Clipping with Clicker Training

Videos showing clipping your horse with clippers, aided by clicker training:

Babre Annabel Lee

Babre Annabel Lee
March 19, 1976 – July 20, 2008

Annie, a purebred Crabbet Arabian, was a gift from a dear friend whose situation made it difficult for her to keep her in a restful retirement.

At my place, she had everything she could want—her own space to move in, attentive owners, green grass in summer and warmed water in winter. And people, who would come out and play with her. Annie enjoyed the occasional ride, and we had been working on balance and transitions. Her favorite things were grazing, being brushed and fussed over, grazing, walking with her person, grazing, clicker games, and did I say grazing?

A grand old lady who had a full life, Annie was loved and gave lots of love in return, and will be greatly missed.

Barbara M
Foster, RI

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pointing to a Leg for Leg Lift

This is Captain, a four-year-old Haflinger gelding, practicing clicker training. He is learning to lift his leg when it is tapped. This will be faded back to pointing to the leg.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pony Holding Flag

I was trying to teach the pony to hold the flag in his mouth, with clicker training. The dogs are usually wondering in and out of the picture. This time it was at the wrong moment!

At least we got a fraction of a second of him holding the flag.

ClickRyder Clicker Horses

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bridleless Riding

Riding with a neckrope on a horse, lateral work:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Judy Ryder, Clicker Celebrity

Celebrity of the Month, Judy Ryder:


Young Icelandic Horse Training

This young Icelandic Horse is building tons of brain neurons by exposure to different types of learning activities:

Monday, June 30, 2008

Early Clicker Training

This horse is in the early stages of clicker training:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Working with a Lead-line Pony

The pony is learning to target the ball, then to follow it, and to push it around.

Riding on the pony. He was a lead-line pony and no one knows if he was ever ridden without being lead. It seems like he's not sure if he should move unless he's lead by a ground person, so we're having him target the ball, as he did without a rider, only this time he has a passive rider on him.

Old Video

This video is circa 1997, with some bareback and bridleless starting of a young horse, along with clicker training:

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pony and Clicker Training

This is an approximately eight-year-old pony, a good lead-line pony, but not fully trained. He has not yet been exposed to following a feel, and has a couple of small problem areas and some resistance. The resistance may be due to being uneduated in the area of "feel".

He has only had a couple of clicker training sessions prior to this one, and loves it. He is very quick to learn.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Peggy Hogan

Peggy Hogan, Best Whisper is a Click, horse clicker training videos.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tipping Cones

An old horse keeps his mind active with tipping cones and clicker training:

Clicking Untouched Horse

Clicker training an untouched horse, by Leslie Pavlich:

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mounting Bareback

Clicker training and mounting your horse bareback (lining up to the mounting block) with Carola of Austria and Kalafi:

Carola's website: http://clickerpferde.at

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pictures from Lisa of Starlet

These picture are of Starlet and Lisa, and the trampoline.

Lisa says:

Starlet is my 3-year old, daughter of my first Rocky Mountain Horse,
Tira. Starlet loves clicker training and took to it immediately. I don't
get as much time with her as I would like due to my work/family
responsibilities, but when I do - she is fast as lightening to pick
something up.

We have also had the worst winter and Spring and the coldest June on record
so working with the horses has been challenging. But finally we had a nice
day on Saturday and Starlet and I worked on picking up feet willingly (she's
always been a little sticky on this one issue); bareback pad, touch the
tennis ball on the stick (preparatory to learning to bow, which is on our
list of to-dos), move your hip over, move your shoulder over, circle me and

Sunday we began with willing feet - (one step backwards - not as willing as
previous day) and so I decided not to belabor the feet but bring out
something new and exciting! My son dragged the trampoline over and Starlet,
after taking a bite of the styrofoam siding, put one foot on several times,
then she put two feet on so quick it took my breath away. She did it so
fast and so fearlessly that I barely had time to react.

I asked her to back up with a touch of my hand and the verbal cue "baaack"
and off she went.

Stopped for the day as it was a big accomplishment!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Clicker Trained Dancing Horse

This horse enjoys dancing and is being clicker trained:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Pony Learning to Target, Follow, and Push the Ball

The pony is learning to target the ball, then to follow it, and to push it around.

Riding on the pony. He was a lead-line pony and no one knows if he was ever ridden without being lead. It seems like he's not sure if he should move unless he's lead by a ground person, so we're having him target the ball, as he did without a rider, only this time he has a passive rider on him.

Training Gait with Clicker Training

This is a video by Leslie Pavlich, working with her Quarter Horse on his easy gait (i.e. running walk of gaited horses). She helps to bring out the gait with clicker training:

Burro Runs Barrels

This little burro (donkey) is learning to run barrels with clicker training :-)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Pony Bow

This is how we plan to teach the pony to bow:

[] Targeting: touching the ball on the end of the stick, wherever it is placed; up, down, side, under, over, and follow it as we walk along.

[] Bringing the head between the legs by targeting the ball. Increase range.

[] At the right time, lift one leg and ask him to target the ball under his chest. (Lifting a leg can be an additional behavior that is worked on separately, if you want the horse to lift his own leg.)

Yesterday, I had lifted his leg and asked him to target the ball under him (last picture below), so we're already at that point.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pony Target Training

We are asking the pony to target the ball on a stick.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fetch The Stick

This horse has learned several behaviors with clicker training: fetch the stick, lift his own feet, stand on a pedestal, turn on the hindquarters, etc.:

Pony Clicker Training

This pony is being introduced to clicker training:

Mounting Block Ideas

A video by Brenda and Lucy:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reliable Recall

Peggy is teaching her horses a reliable recall with clicker training:

Friday, May 16, 2008

Peggy, Best Whisper is a Click

"The Best Whisper is a Click"

Here are some of Peggy's videos:

The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses

This is a new book on clicker training horses:

"Outlining a revolutionary approach to training horses, mules, and donkeys, this extensive compendium offers an all-inclusive study of clicker training. Exploring a simple and practical style of equine conditioning, this resource clearly depicts how appropriate behavior can be reinforced, incorporating the chosen method into the context of communication with animals. Focusing on enhancing the entire relationship between horse and owner rather than specific problems, this unique reference is ideal for developing a truthful understanding of the equine mind."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pre-Saddle Training Games

Pre-saddle training games for young horses in preparation for mounting.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Clicker Training Videos, Horses

Here are some clicker training videos of horses:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Clicker Training Icelandic Horse

Here is a young Icelandic Horse having a first session with clicker training:

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ring On Cone

Here's a video of a horse being trained to put the ring on the cone:

Friday, May 2, 2008

Leslie with an Untouched Horse

Clicker training works great and can be a very good thing to do with untouched horses.