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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

February 28, 2017

I will admit, thanks to a friend, that I almost (ALMOST but not really) wish that snow and winter would stay a bit longer. Why on earth would I want that? Well I’ve discovered kick sleds.Now don’t get too excited about me actually doing exercise in the snow and cold. My kick sled is not human powered!

My, now coming four-year-old mini, Eggo was finally ready to really hook to something and start really driving.


I’d put in lots of preparation. I’ve also trained him differently than my other driving ponies. I’ve tried to use positive reinforcement and cue transfers to shape his learning without any negative reinforcement. I must say I’m quite pleased with the results and I think Eggo is too!

This first video shows some of the behaviours I teach all my guys. They come in handy for teaching many other behaviours th...

September 16, 2015

As the old saying goes, ‘Time flies when you are having fun’. Well not all of these past few months have been fun, a lot has for sure, but it has sure flown by.


Valor’s leg injury was looking good and then suddenly the stitches blew and it opened up again and along with it came proud flesh. With the help of my homeopathy course and diligent wrapping it is looking great now. A bit thicker than his other leg, but healed and sound. Clicker work certainly helps make his doctoring for those many weeks much easier on the both of us.

He is anxious to get in his play time now that I no longer need to doctor his leg, so we have begun continuing his education and making him safe before we make him fancy, but for a two-year-old, he sure knows a lot of things. Different things than a lot of two-year-olds and we will take...

June 24, 2015

Well as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men…

I had great intentions to get out several blogs, but as they also say…life happens. My two-year-old, Valor, managed to get a hind leg hung up in the wire fence. Luckily, he is the kind of horse who is easy going and has had some work with his legs re: giving to pressure, so when we found him he was quietly laying on the ground, wire wrapped around his hind leg.

We cut the wire and unwrapped it and got him up. He wasn’t even lame on it, but it would need stitches so a call was put into the vet…after hours of course!

The vet was impressed by his calm behaviour and acceptance of all the procedures and needles. Yet another testament to clicker training!

Hubby was there to help with the changing of dressings for a couple days, but then was called away for work so...

April 2, 2015

Usually this blog is about ‘U’ but this week we are going to talk about ‘V’ or Valor. I wanted to talk a bit about him this week as a comparison to ‘U’.

Valor is my not yet two, two-year-old Azteca gelding. I have had Valor since he was about four months old. His weaning and transport would not be what I would call ideal, but he seems to have suffered no permanent emotional damage from it. I’ll just leave it at that. He had to have his feet done when we got him and as soon as possible as his legs were not growing correctly because of them. He was a star for that less than totally positive experience. I made it as positive as possible, having a great farrier who took it slowly and calmly, with lots of breaks and over a couple sessions, with lots of scratches, that valor seemed to enjoy while the whole thing was...