Clicker Training is an invaluable tool to add to your training toolset, once your timing is perfected it has immense capabilities when used correctly.
You will have great fun with your horse using it for groundwork, handling and ridden work. Horses enjoy it and gain a quicker understanding.
The truth is Struggling on the ground with your horse can seriously impact ridden work. The way I look at it is, whether you are on the ground or on your horses back the same discussions will be going on between you in your small herd of just the two of you.
Its all possible. You don’t have to be an expert just have a go at the different techniques, its like an adventure, finding out new things or perfecting what you already do. Here are some things that you will learn:
- Ground handling
- Free Schooling/Liberty
- Lateral work in hand
Different techniques give you such a variation to increase motivation, fun, physical health, creating a close relationship between you and your horse.
Finally, there’s a better way …
Have you been struggling with lateral work?
Training your horse laterally In Hand can make things so much simpler; giving you and your horse further variation. Your horse will also find it much easier to pick up lateral work without the weight of the rider. The skill of In Hand work has actually been around for 100’s of years but has got lost upon the way but it is truly so valuable.
How you can improve your horses manners?
Picture the scene you tie your horse up and he nudges you out the way with his nose, you then try and push him over and he leans into you pushing you back with his shoulder, sound familiar!
Have you ever wished you could curb this behaviour? Now you can, with lateral work In Hand it improves your body awareness including the body language you are giving your horse. You are also teaching your horse to move away from pressure when you ask. You learn the way you position your body actually moves them without even touching them.
Jo was having an awful time with George, he would push everyone out the way and had also been known to kick out and got Jo on more than one occasion! George wasn’t small either, a 15.3hh irish draught cross. So then began Jo and George’s journey into lateral work in hand. After a few sessions an understanding between them both began to happen. It was now a pleasure to lead George rather than the dread of being barged out the way, or George trampling her. Even their time riding was much better that the understanding was now there. They were both so much happier. –
And that’s not all …
Work in hand with you mounted, is priceless knowledge you gain improving your relationship with your horse even further, developing your feel for the movements correctly.
It’s no secret that long lining is fantastic to start youngsters, but why stop there! A winning combination of clicker training, in hand work and long lining all being put together.
Then you can work on improving your work together further, for more established work. So why not give it a go.
Learn how to correctly start a youngster or new horse with Long Lining
Learn the correct basics, body posture, aids, Long Lining your horse in walk
Learn correct lunging with two lines, changing the rein and trot
Learn how to correctly work your horse in walk, trot and canter
Learn how to correctly introduce lateral work
Learn correct techniques for lateral work in walk and trot
Clicker Training is an invaluable tool to add to your training toolset, once your timing is perfected it has immense capabilities when used correctly. I use it for groundwork, handling and ridden work. The horses enjoy it and gain a quicker understanding. See the video below of my daughter Emily and her pony having fun.
You will have so much fun with clicker training, and your horse; well I haven’t yet come across one that didn’t love it so I’m sure yours will too.
Also known as free schooling and many other names. Exercising your horse with freedom assisting them to learn and understand their body. Especially valuable for jumping without the added weight of the rider allowing them to really work it out for themselves. Plus fantastic for bonding and further communication
“Whether you like it or not you become part of the herd.”
To show you what I mean, picture this, you are leading your horse but he is dragging behind you and your leadrope has allowed you to get out in front further and further, you are nearly at the end of it. Such a dozy lazy horse eh.
Hmm… Lets think for a moment.
Imagine that all the domestication has vanished and your horse is now in a herd and you are a horse. Your horse has his head is down and he is dictating the pace by slowly and confidently walking towards you. You as the other horse are walking away from him… Have you got it yet? Yes he is driving you along at his own pace, clever eh!
For these and many other reasons you will gain so much realisation of the conversations going on between you and your horse that you had absolutely no idea about. Understanding how horses learn, how they read body language, how our actions effect them, if they are being cheeky naughty or are genuinely frightened.
Any frustrations you had previously now can be resolved. Results are so quick you won’t believe your eyes.
That’s not all, this can be duplicated ridden and this is only the beginning!