BO and Boarder: Difference in Training Philosophies
I have a couple of great boarders.. they are a pleasure to have around the barn. The husband and wife just bought their first horses and have done a lot of research. After all the research, they decided to go with clicker training.
I have 10 horses on the premises including theirs, and I've worked with all of them on backing up and disengaging their hind quarters because all of them crowd the gate, crowd me and are just pushy. All the horses will back out of their stall, back to their pasture and turn on the forehand and wait to asked through the gate. They all back out of their pastures to the barn and into their stall. They all will back up anywhere with the slightest wiggle of the rope.
When they started to do clicker training, their backing skills started to fall apart. They still do it, but not as swiftly as I would like or crooked ect... One of their horses is extremely pushy and will turn his butt to you and he was getting much better but this clicker training has also reversed this some. Also since they started clicker training, their arabian always has his ears back and he seems to be frustrated and questioning why his horse is doing this and I get this feeling that he thinks its something I'm doing.
They have explained the clicker training and I think they are doing it right but in general I think its a waste of time.. Its fine for tricks but to me, it doesn't translate well into competition. I am a fan of "easier to do it right and harder to do it wrong" classical way of training and although I'm accepting of other methods and always love to learn new things, I'm not going to "click" their horses. What should we do here?