Jaydee that's awesome!! Sounds like you're having lots of fun with your horses :) Do you reserve CT for only resolving problems or do you use it for other things too? (just curious) :P
Yup I just got married a month ago :) everything went perfect!! It was in Disney world - where I found out many of the Disney horses are Clicker Trained (the ones used for the parades and special events, but not the ones used for the regular things) The trainers from animal kingdom have been working on trying to get more Positive Reinforcement training (like they use for their wild animals) to be used for the horses too
So today was interesting I am so excited I have to share!
At the rescue I work at the owner has always been accepting of my clicker training some of the horses - and teaching the kids to clicker train their favorites. But she's never really been a fan of what I do. I love her very much, but she's still of the (too common) belief that horses should "just obey", why? "because they should, because they love me, because I'm in charge".
A few months ago we got an emaciated mare and foal - they were put in our 2-stall quarantine barn while they gained weight and the foal was weaned. All went well, except they went relatively unhandled. I had taught the colt the first step of CT, how to take treats politely and I taught him what my smoochy bridge signal means. But at about this point the owner of the barn decided she loved the colt and he was going to be her project. I already have my 3 y/o Gypsy colt, Viking, who's taking me more time than I have at the rescue, so it was fine. But over the past few months the colt Zephyr went pretty much unhandled, getting progressively larger. The owner of the barn is wonderful and has the best intentions, but we've had 2 horses die and another very sick over the past few months and her time has been swallowed up. So the colt just existed in his indoor/outdoor stall.
Well flash forward to today - we need to get the mare and foal into the big barn for the winter. We hoped the colt would follow his mom across the driveway and into the barn, being as he's not halter broke. So we blocked off either end of the driveway, so he couldn't go anywhere if he didn't follow. Well sure enough he followed to the barn door, then doubled back and ran around this new enclosure. He decided it was way nicer staying in the driveway and eating grass. I walked the mare in and out several times with the barn owner trying to herd the colt in. We failed. So we put the mare away and gave up, hoping he'd wander in on his own or go back to his old stall. After a few minutes the BO asked me what CT I had done with him - I told her almost nothing, but if he knew how to target we could have used that. She said, well why not start now?
So I started. In 5 minutes flat I had him targeting and following the target, I jackpotted and left. A while later I came back and we walked into the barn like we were old pros!! He was awesome!!! He figured out the target so fast, he was so eager to please. I love CT!