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“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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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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Being responsible for your clicker training methods

Just need to do a bit of thinking out loud here. Clicker Training is an immensely powerful training tool; a marker signal combined with a food reinforcer can open up an animal’s mind like no other technique. It is quite … Continue reading

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