Author Archives: Peggy Hogan

“But he KNOWS what I want.” Oh REALLY?

Have you ever heard someone say “But my horse KNOWS what I want!” I now think that common statement can’t be further from the truth. This changed for me dramatically when I started clicker training, and with it, my understanding … Continue reading

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Expanding my understanding of cues

  Back in 2007 I decided to take on a big challenge and develop a freestyle dance routine with 2 miniature horses, to be performed live at a local horse show.  The process challenged my understanding of cues, cue control … Continue reading

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Is it too much work to carry treats for your horse?

From time to time someone will ask me about the need for continued use of reinforcement in their training program. Basically I think people tire of having to focus on their horse and what motivates the horse. They also might … Continue reading

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I got no strings on me.

Click to view video. Who needs whips or ropes? Peggy Hogan – the best “whisper” is a “click”

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Horses who “target” too much, and the women who love them.

There is a HUGE attitude change, from the horse’s perspective, when shifting from other training styles to clicker training. One of the main reasons is that when there is something IN IT for the horse, he wants to REPEAT what worked … Continue reading

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When different species interact

Sometimes animal interactions just tickle me down to my toes. Today’s giggle came a little tiny bit at the expense of one of my minis, Handsome. I went to the upper paddock to bring Handsome and McKee down to their … Continue reading

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How we view the “fallout” of training

I am very glad to see that people are increasing their observational skills so that they can see and notice when a horse is frustrated by the training process. This is amazingly good news for the horse. I would like … Continue reading

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How the past affects our cues

I’m currently running an online course on cues and something happened today with McKee and Handsome that was so timely I just had to share. When I performed the dance routine “Gotta Go Feed the Horses” with the minis, I had a … Continue reading

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Creative thinking in horses

Probably most of you who know me, know I have a clever little horse named McKee. His antics always make me laugh and today was no different. I was going to teach a lesson to a young boy. I was … Continue reading

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Cues and “Mythunderstandings”

Over the years, I’ve watched many people train animals.  I’ve seen all sorts of species being trained – dogs, cats, horses, birds, dolphins, and many others.  Some are professionals, some call themselves professionals, and most admit that they’re just amateurs … Continue reading

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