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    02-08-2011, 01:46 PM
Clicker lunging

I recently came across this article:

Clicker lunging

Which I found very interesting and am definitely going to try it as soon as my mare is sound and I was just wondering if anyone has done this before and has any more information on it?

My mare is well behaved on a lunge line, stays on the circle at the end of the lunge line and knows all her commands, however she never looks 'happy' about lunging and alway has her ears back and her 'pissy' face on when we lunge. I'm not so worried as to whether its a respect thing as my mare often has this 'face' on and I've noticed that even in the paddock, when a more dominant mare is making her move out of her space, my mare will comply but have the same pissy face. So I'm leaning towards thinking its her facial expression when she has to do something she doesn't want to do.

So basically, I just wanted to try out this alternative way of lunging to see if I can get my mare more excited and happy about her work (since she is very food motivated) and also to introduce extending and collecting on the lunge line on a voice command.

(We started the basics of clicker training last week with targeting which she is obsessed with at the moment!)

Is it easier to try this on a lunge line (as shown in the article) or with free lunging? (I would have thought with all the clicking and rewarding that it would be easier off a line)

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