Tag: click and reinforce

Sitting and chilling!

Can your horse stand quietly beside you while you do other things? It’s great to have a horse that is patient and will wait happily beside you while you say, open a gate, answer the phone, chat to a neighbour, but many horses are not patient by nature and so you need to train this as a behaviour.Aoife sit chill

Here Aoife is sitting in the arena and Rua is learning to stand quietly beside her. When he’s relaxed, happy and keeping his distance from her, she clicks and treats to tell him that’s the behaviour she wants. As Rua learns patience, the time between clicks becomes ever longer.Aoife sit chill CT

The Dismount!

It’s wonderful when you have extra people around with cameras who are willing to take pictures when you work.  We have just had an amazing clinic with Alexandra Kurland in Kerry and there were several photographers on hand.   On day one, after a lovely ride on Newbie, we ended up with him standing on a mat.  One of the things that I now take for granted with my clicker trained horse is that he will stand and wait patiently while I perform whatever tasks are necessary around him.  In this case it was simply dismounting and putting the saddle away but when seeing the series of photos, made me think, once again, about how effective clicker training is at producing really well behaved horses!