Now, it all depends on the horse AND on the trainer, and I have nothing against clicker, but I do think that it's more effective when natural horsemanship and clicker go hand in hand and are used together.
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I completely agree...it is highly dependent on the horse and trainer. I always get to know a horse as well as time will permit before I begin w training - never a moment sooner. And, sometimes I am pleasanlty surprised at what a given individual horse is capable of (that is, often I wouldn't have "guessed" horse "x" to have excelled at lesson "abc" near as quickly as horse "y"...but they do, and then some).
And, I agree....no matter what you classify a training method (e.g., natural), I don't think clicker can be used effectively w/o integrating it w another training method of some kind. And to be trully effective, one needs some degree of prior training experience, IMHO.
Then there is the "for fun" element. Before I did clicker "ground for fun activities" for my horse's enjoyment were hard to organize. I think "for fun" is extremely important for and to every family member. If that is all someone used it for - it is still a huge benefit.
It is training, and they retian it well. I have had my horses shipped long distances in the relatively recent past. I wrote out clear instructions for the handlers so that they would have no problem putting them wherever they needed to. I felt really good on two separate trips when the drivers were really complementary on pick up and delivery, and said, "wish they were all
that easy". Obviousely, they didn't "ct" them - b/c they felt no more compelled to "train" them than they would have felt toward any other equally well trained horse.