Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian
Handy means a horse that'll go where you ask, as fast or slow as you ask. Do many jobs like halter-breaking colts or handling a cow on a rope or sorting, pulling a load, having a nice way of going with a good handle. A horse that moves responsively for you whether you're in the saddle or on the ground.
It really isnt worth the time arguing with someone like me. I just think the tried and true ways that were around before pre-packaged horse treats and fanny packs
Personally I don't use a clicker or a fanny pack, I make a smooch sound with my lips - so I don't have to carry around an extra thing. I don't use pre-packaged treats, I use either hay stretcher or the grain they'd be getting in their meals, or tiny slices of carrots. I keep them in my pocket while we work.
You don't need to change your opinions on the matter - but don't go ruining for other people more willing to look into newer and sometimes better methods of working with animals.
Fun you should say this "Handy means a horse that'll go where you ask, as fast or slow as you ask. Do many jobs like halter-breaking colts or handling a cow on a rope or sorting, pulling a load, having a nice way of going with a good handle. A horse that moves responsively for you whether you're in the saddle or on the ground."
Those are the simplest skills that clicker training teaches. I don't need to make my horse stay with me, because she wants to be with me. If I walk around she's walking along beside me - if I jog she trots, if I all out run, she'll canter. From the simplest of yielding skills to the most advanced riding maneuvers all can be taught with CT.
Right now I've just backed my mare, she's learning to move off leg pressure, so I'll use this as an example.
I squeeze my legs and tell her "walk on" which is a cue she knows on the ground. When she walks on I relieve my leg pressure and give a click - then she turns her head so I can treat her. Each time I ask for a few more steps of walk after the initial squeeze before I offer the click. Soon she won't need treats for any walking skills as we'll be moving on to trotting, then cantering. She already knows steering from our line-driving, so she no longer gets clicks and treats for that.
All CT is is adding an additional positive reinforcement for the act - beyond just a release of pressure. It makes horses want
to find the answer just a little bit more, and I find you need a whole lot less pressure to get it.