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    07-07-2012, 10:02 PM
Clicker training?

I would have searched old threads for this topic but, since I live out in an Internet-less country backwoods, I must use my iPhone with barely enough coverage, so please be patient with my ability to post. I have been using natural horsemanship training techniques ala Clinton Anderson basics with my horses. I was curious about clicker training, so I bought clickers and the book "The Click That Teaches" by Alexandra Kurland. I have been following the book twice daily for a week. It is interesting so far.

Have any of you had any experience with clicker training?
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    07-07-2012, 10:44 PM
I have some experience using it with dogs. I am trying it to reinforce and encourage a low stress back up. Some of the research on equine behavior associated with clicker training is interesting. Some of the psychology journals suggest that horses trained with clicker training are more engaged in training and less stress by the processes then those trained with "conventional" methods. Like all training I think clicker has its l ks. You can easily get treat seekers which can be a pain. I know there is a post about it in the natural horsemanship section.
    07-07-2012, 11:46 PM
Yes, the second lesson is how to teach the horse not to "mug you for treats." So far, it is working well and they are learning respect and restraint, and personal space. They "ask" to play the game often by going to our trainig area, waiting patiently and with a happy expression.
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    07-07-2012, 11:57 PM
I used it for the dreaded bug spray after the horse understood the method. I prefer to do it at liberty, allowing the horse the option to leave, which he did but he returned as he wanted more treats and allowed me to spray him all over without moving. I don't know the correct way to hold the treat but what I did was to extend my arm so he had to turn his head away from me and the treat bag and it worked. He is so polite his lips will flap trying to take hold of the treat.
    07-08-2012, 11:34 PM
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What I've read about this, reminds me of the old adage "Too much sugar for a dime" which means, way too much trouble for a little thing.

To me, I think it is something to keep the human busy and make them feel like they are doing something wise.

This is like teaching babies sign language to me.

Just not worth wasting my time on.
    07-09-2012, 03:00 AM
Originally Posted by Palomine    
What I've read about this, reminds me of the old adage "Too much sugar for a dime" which means, way too much trouble for a little thing.

To me, I think it is something to keep the human busy and make them feel like they are doing something wise.

This is like teaching babies sign language to me.

Just not worth wasting my time on.
I disagree. I use clicker a lot on the ground (I do not use it under saddle), and I have used it very successfully w "trouble areas" for other's horses.

Before I used it, I trained several horses w/o it - most all of which were my own and my life depended on their training level. I don't do anything w a horse to feel like I am doing something "wise"; I do everything w a horse to enjoy life to the fullest and trust that I will stay healthy and alive while doing it.
    07-09-2012, 03:33 AM
My friend use clicker training so I heard a lot about it and I had an opportunity to watch her in an action. She's been on several courses about clicker, on which she practised clicker on chickens. When she learnt how to do it she started working with her horse. After observing this work I was impressed. Her horse got really involved in what they were doing! It was great fun for him and it was very very amazing how he was trying to figure out what she want from him. Bad behaviour disappeared, because he was so much focused on his task.
I think clicker training can be great fun and is might be good to make the horse think so much, but I wouldn't use it as a normal training method, just as a variety.
    07-09-2012, 01:23 PM
I, personally, feel clicker should not be used by a "beginner". To me that could be disastrous. Horses are highly intelligent fellow beings. If one is not intimately familiar with their "essence" - then using CR would be limited by the human's knowledge and the horse's nature. Otherwise, its use is limited only by the human's intelligence. Like I said earlier...I never use it under saddle, b/c I feel the instant timing of my physical "directions" w body contact would be greatly hindered. If others do use it under saddle...more power to them.

I posted the below video on a previouse thread. The 1st part was filmed unbeknowst to me by DH playing w his new phone. I normally teach my mare things that can be transfered under saddle, but I also like to just play as much as my mare does - and in the video we are just "playing", I have no "applicable use" for marching. Anyway, one poster replied "I would like to see you do that w/o clicker", I had to think about that...why would someone see it that way w a horse and not a dolphin? Or human? As it is used w humans also, and humans also use language...and clicker is a language. So what would there be to prove for us all to stop using language?

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