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The focus of my journey is now on trying to help reach the tipping point in positive, scientific based horse training. To bring science into the work, and training out of the dark ages. Having seen the joy that positive reinforcement training brings to both partners in the horse - human relationship over the past 17 or so years, there is no going back...


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"Thinking of your horse as behaving badly disposes you to think of punishment. Thinking of your horse as struggling to handle something difficult encourages you to help him through his distress."- The Concordia Connection

December 11, 2013

I was surprised not to get any comments on the video in last week’s post. It caused quite a stir on Facebook! Maybe everyone is too busy staying warm or shopping to comment?

So, I thought it would be great to give you the chance to see two well done but different approaches to worming using positive reinforcement. Both these videos are from good trainers and I’m pleased that they let me share these with you.

The first one is from Peggy Hogan who is in the States and does a lot of work with minis. Her training is done with pure shaping of behaviours. Here is her method to teach a horse to accept worming. As you can see, it is a bit different that what I described but it seems to work so try it if it appeals to you. You will notice that in her method she does not click right away, but waits till the behaviour is...

December 2, 2013

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 to deworm.

So some data to gather before going in and writing your training plan.

1) Can I walk into the stall with the dewormer and how does he react?
2) Can he sniff the tube?
3) Can I put my hands on his muzzle?
4) Can I put my fingers in his mouth?

Once you collect some information about just where he starts to react re: the dewormer then you will know where to begin. If you can’t touch or put your fingers into his mouth and have him be ok with that without the wormer then there is no point in starting any further with the wormer until you can do that!

So if you can’t...

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