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    08-30-2012, 08:34 AM
  #91
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Originally Posted by Meatos    
I can't remember if I've posted on this thread already, but I know I've talked about clicker training on other threads and will get up on my soapbox to talk about it here. Sorry for being so repetitive, but this is something I'm passionate about and I hate seeing it go misunderstood to the point of being completely stomped on.

The basic truth is that ALL ANIMALS LEARN THINGS THE SAME WAY. THIS IS A FACT. YES, EVEN YOUR HORSE LEARNS THINGS THIS WAY. NO ANIMAL (NOT EVEN YOUR HORSE) IS ABSOLVED OF THE LEARNING THEORY.

Here is a video of a horse who came to the present owner as a totally unpredictable bag of nerves. This horse was completely rehabilitated and trained using only force-free methods, including the clicker. I really encourage you to watch the whole thing.

Think about how these simple techniques can be applied to "real" horsemanship. Running a figure 8 around the chairs can be expanded into barrel racing, jumping over logs and jumps can be expanded into bigger jumps, the horse is learning to be less fearful of ordinary objects such as chairs and blankets through targeting (touching with the nose), the horse accepts grooming, and knows a multitude of really practical things. All that may look sweet and fun, but have a real purpose in life. Not to mention...how amazing is their relationship??? This is a horse who could not be touched!
Awesome! Oh for horse people to talk about learning theory as much as they do about respect and being the herd leader. Dolphin trainers never seem to worry their position in the dolphin pack they are but they can get dolphins to do amazing things from 50 metres away with nothing but a clicker and bit of fish.
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    08-30-2012, 10:25 PM
  #92
Trained
Yeah re guide horses for the blind, I forget the name of the original pony, but it became a hit & they've since trained many little horses to be aides.
     
    08-30-2012, 10:31 PM
  #93
Trained
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Originally Posted by corymbia    
Dolphin trainers never seem to worry their position in the dolphin pack
I do think that with regard to horses, it is important to be seen as a *leader*, for them to trust you enough in 'scary' situations, but I couldn't give a hoot personally about *dominance* - I don't really care if the horse sees it as me training them or they think they're training me to give them treats, so long as they perform the required behaviour with a good attitude!

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The basic truth is that ALL ANIMALS LEARN THINGS THE SAME WAY. THIS IS A FACT. YES, EVEN YOUR HORSE LEARNS THINGS THIS WAY. NO ANIMAL (NOT EVEN YOUR HORSE) IS ABSOLVED OF THE LEARNING THEORY.
Just needed to repeat that because it cannot be understated!
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    08-31-2012, 03:18 AM
  #94
Foal
Dolphins, sea lions and whales are all social animals and we never did worry or even discuss our place in their social dynamics. We developed relationships built on mutual trust and respect so there was never a worry about having to assert our place and vice versa.
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