Thursday, March 26, 2009

Habits of Effective Clicker Trainers, Part One

Part one of Nine Habits of Effective Clicker Trainers:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Clicker Training a Horse That Has Not Been Touched

Here are three videos by Leslie Pavlich about clicker training a horse that has never been touched.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Clicker Training Horse Bath

A new video from Leslie Pavlich, on clicker training young horses for bathing:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Clicker Training Horse to Retrieve

Here is a video explaining and showing shaping a behavior (retrieving a cone), with a horse, through clicker training.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Behavior Chains

Buttons 057
Originally uploaded by EG3007
Behavior chains with horses / ponies:

Buttons performs a behavior chain, learned through clicker training, in this video.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Communication With Rein Aids

By CIE Studies:

In this video we look at the process of using clicker training to teach a young horse to respond to rein aids by basic flexions. Rein aids are the primary means of communication when riding, so it's important to establish them before actually getting in the saddle.

The basic flexions are forward, back, head up, head down, turn on the forehand (indirect rein), turn on the haunches (direct rein).

The flexions are clicker trained using rhythmic cues. Initially the horse gets clicked for their very first movement, which builds quick, light response to the cue. Later we can click for duration, smoothness of movement and other criteria.

These flexions are the basis of any under saddle communication including reining, dressage, hunter/jumpers and endurance.

Because we are using positive reinforcement (clicker training), the process is really enjoyable for the horse and trainer and we avoid the fights that often arise when working on subtle cues and small movements.

While we are training rein aids, we begin in the halter because young horses have a tendency to throw their heads when starting this work. As the horse begins to understand and respond calmly to the cues, we will add the bit to fine-tune communication.