Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses View Post
Ok. So, I visited your blog jillybean, and I saw some pictures of your horse trying to buck you off. How will you go about fixing that with clicker training?
JillyBean did a great job explaining, Clicker training can really only be used to say "Yes" so rather than teaching them not
to do something, we teach them what we'd prefer they do. My horse who used to kick walls for food, now only gets food if she's standing politely - wall kicking is ignored (or if it's extensive she gets a swift butt-kicking) - wall kicking is almost completely eliminated now.
I wanted to add my experience I was
able to teach a horse not to buck with CT. The horse always bucked when asked for an upward transition, no pain issues found. It was always an attitude thing, because he would trot on if you kept at him. Because it was a consistent response of him bucking I was able to reinforce with a "Yes" when he didn't buck. This wouldn't have worked if he bucked just for the heck of it whenever he wanted - but because it always happened when asking for upward transitions I was able to pinpoint and reward when he didn't buck. Each time I would ask him for a trot, if he didn't buck I would click right during the smooth transition and after a few trot steps I'd slow back down and treat him. I gradually increased the number of trot steps until he no longer bucked and would trot until I was ready for him to stop. Then we repeated the same for trot-canter transitions, which really only needed a few times to work out.
Also I wanted to mention what happened with me today! I started 2 new horses in their Clicker Training, both rescues, one is a 4 month old colt - he figured out targetting in less than 5 minutes, it was incredible! He always has issues focusing, when learning to lead he would get distracted easy and flap around and it took great force and constant corrections just
to keep his attention. So I decided to start with CT - I held his attention for a good 20 minutes, he never once got distracted from me, even when one of the kids brought his mom into the next paddock over to work with her some. I stopped after 20 only because I was out of food and wanted to stop while I was ahead. I had him targetting my hand and worked on touching him behind his shoulder. He loves to be scratched on his chest but will not allow anyone to touch behind his shoulder, today I was able to reach up to his girth area with him calm.
I also started working with a mini, she has serious dental problems and will never be able to eat solid food (she has too many teeth for her face and the vet removed some but it's still very difficult for her to eat). She's just recently been sent back to our rescue she was mildly neglected at her previous home and because eating hurt her she didn't enjoy it. She eats when she's hungry, but she's very nervous about it - now she's getting all her food soaked and is slowly getting more comfortable eating again. So when I attempted to hand-feed her she was very
tentative. I was using little peach cubes, she decided she didn't like them, so I tried grapes - then sweet tarts - but she just wouldn't take food out of my hand. Finally I soaked up some hay stretcher for her and within just a few minutes I had her eating from my hand. Once she realized feed from my hands was safe to eat she was very eager to please. She learned to target my hand and we worked a bit on backing up. :)
So 2 very successful CT lessons today!