Just In Time For Your Christmas Shopping List
I thought it was a good time to write about clothing for the clicker trainer. Winter is an especially trying time for us to find clothes that allow us to function well in the cold. Everyone knows how hard horse folk are to buy for and I hope to give you some suggestions for your clicker trainer friends that will earn you a click and a treat!
I drive my daughters crazy when I shop for clothes and they are with me. They tell me that I am obsessed with pockets. I hate to say this but it is true. As a clicker trainer I covet pockets on clothes, especially pockets that permit smooth, easy, food delivery. Pockets that do this are NOT easy to find and almost never found on clothing in the horse stores. I have taken to “thinking outside the tack shop” to find suitable clothing for clicker training. In this article, I will share with you what to look for in clicker attire and also offer some insights as to how to keep warm while training in the winter.
Let’s talk pockets first.
There are a lot of useless pockets out there, as far as being good for treat holding and delivery. Bad pockets hinder your ability to smoothly deliver treats or don’t hold enough treats to make it worthwhile or dump the treats out every time you bend over. In the pictures below are examples of good pockets. If you can’t get in and out of your pockets smoothly, you will cause your horse to become frustrated while you fumble about - this can lead to training problems! I love the sweatshirts with the kangaroo pocket on the front. It allows me to deliver treats with either hand and not worry about being out of treats in the pocket I needed them in. Look for a deep lip on the pocket so the treats stay in when you bend over. These pockets hold lots and lots of treats and are great to ride with as well.
Even better are the hoodies with these kinds of pockets that have zippers on them;