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post #11 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 10:52 AM
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Regarding using treats..
Intermittent treating is best. My horse knows a few tricks and refuses to do them for over people because they don't give him treats. It's kind of annoying when other people are messing with their horses and try to get my horse to listen then complain to me when he doesn't. My horse absolutely knows how to beg for a treat on his own - be will start offering up tricks WITHOUT a cue from me. He'll do this when we're doing liberty play. He will also offer up tricks when he is confused about what I'm asking for but knows I want something. He will also offer tricks a minute or two after a strong correction.

In the pasture..
My horse will always let me walk up to him and catch him. He understands he's not to run - because I will absolutely make him free lunge and pay attention. I've trained him to come in when I yell his name and when I yell HORSES (to bring in everyone). He will not answer for other things but that's just how it ended up.

Clicker training...
Totally can work. You have to be consistent and dedicated to it. I don't do it with my horse but just because we're working we'll as we are.
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 11:29 AM
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I start giving by using your cue and giving them a handful of grain several times a day. Once they get the association (probably two days) throw the halter on. Give a small snack if need be to keep the positive association. Then bring them into the barn and give them their handful in there. Eventually they will look forward to you coming. Don't be surprised if they start meeting you at the gate!

I've done the same think with some mini donks I've worked with. I say "come on guys" and they come over. It's pretty much out of sheer laziness on my part, their dirt paddock is not big at all. When they would come over I gave each a small piece of carrot after their halters went on. Now I just call and take them for a bit of grass (literally 2 min worth) and just take them right in. It probably also helps that the enjoy their jobs and I always make things interesting. Sometimes they pull the cart, sometimes they get to roll in the indoor!
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 12:38 PM
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OP you might want to check the clickryder yahoo group, it's all about clicker training horses. A person was asking about getting a horse to come when called. The answers are very interesting.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 04:32 PM
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I clicker trained my horse and have had huge success. I'll post more later but I highly recommend the book "The Click That Teaches" for anyone interested in clicker training. Clicker training will work better for done horses than others, but it's worked miracles for me.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 04:46 PM
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Clicker training I have no idea... but we have several acres of horsey land and I always yell my pony's name ( he's the alpha so everyone else comes too) in the beginning I gave treats and I still do from time to time. Once they have got the behavior of me yelling the name (it only works with joey, if I yell the other names they wont come) and they all come from whatever end of the field they are at, I just give love instead. Food works, but you have to taper it off and occasionally give it every once in awhile.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Failbhe View Post
The only problem is, I'm not a very good whistler and sometimes I can hardly make a sound! Oops!
Well, you don't have to make it a whistle -- I'd stand overlooking the pasture & call their names (there were just 2 so I'd just yell them & repeat a few times, sort of sing-song) and that worked fine.

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-18-2012, 06:11 PM
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Altho I have several clickers, which I use periodically, they seem to get in the way. I've dubbed it "clucker" training as I make a cluck sound which the horse quickly caught on to. There is info on youtube where a gal is actually working with ponies and explaining what response she is looking for and when to click. You can prevent mugging if you always extend your hand so the horse has to turn it's head away from your body. You do need to spend a little time teaching your horse the concept by getting him to touch a target (tennis ball on the end of a stick or crop will do). You don't move it toward him but initially hold it where he might touch it. Click and dig out a treat. As you move it to a different place each time he will touch the wrong spot but keep still and he'll get the right answer c/t. I'd worked on trying to diffuse his fear of plastic bags for weeks using approach, retreat, over and over. If he didn't bolt he was stone rigid. With clicker training it took about 10 min. I spend about 10 min daily for several days. On the third day a bag was tied to the end of the lash on the lunge whip. No matter how I flapped, snapped and flopped the thing up over his head I couldn't get a reaction. He got a bunch of treats after that. On the fourth day, at liberty I was really energetic with the whip and bag. The look on his face was "I'd doing what you want, give me the ****ed treat", which he got of course.
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