Report from Ottawa


I had the pleasure of teaching in Ottawa this past weekend. There were a great group of ladies with many, many years of combined horse experiences, but only a few who had been exposed to clicker training, and most of those through the dog world, so it was very exciting to see all of them get excited about the possibilities with the horses.

As the weekend unfolded and they could see just how fast the learning occurred they got very excited about all the possibilities for their horses.

The horses we used in the demos were a good cross section with regards to exposure to the clicker work.

It went all the way from Carter who was a rescue and Anne his owner did a lovely demo for us all of all the work she had done using the clicker to get him from a horse referred to as dangerous into a lovely confident fellow who loves to be ridden and give hugs, to Jake a horse that had no exposure to the clicker and turned out to be one of the superstars of the clinic.

Jake was terrified of clippers, jump out of the box stall scared if he even heard them. He went from learning targeting and just touching a ball on a stick, to hand targets, to touching a hand target held close to a massager that made a clipper sound etc. all while free in a box stall in around ten minutes.

We even managed, using tag teach and having everyone participate in this, to get one of the participant’s timing correct so that she could successfully shape her horse Mike to bridle himself, which he was doing after only two sessions!

Participants got to practice food delivery mechanics, learn about the science behind the training, and work on rope mechanics to make their communication clearer.

Below are some of the comments from the clinic. I look forward to coming back in the fall. If you are interested in attending this fall clinic please contact me. Tentative dates are October 14-16, near Ottawa.

Valerie What a wonderful clinic! So many great ideas, such swift learning responses by the happy horses, and such a supportive group of people! Thank you all so much.

Diana So year