He must not get the reward if he goes for your hand. My mare is allowed to prick her ears for the treat when she hears the click, that's all. Its always good to have a 'how to take treats'/pretty face (think that's how they refer to it online) session. If my mare forgets, which she seldom does now, I simply wait for her to back away and then dispense the treat. But, please, do look online and search for other techniques, as mine is by far not the only one! And though I've done a lot of research on Clicker training, I'm by no means an expert! Posted via Mobile Device
He has stopped mugging already, for the most part.
Funny story, we had a training session where I was getting him to touch his bit, take it in his mouth (he has bit issues, long story). It was a pretty long, successful session. I turned him out afterward and was just standing on the fence watching him and the other horses. He came over to me and was looking for a target, when he didn't see that, he tried giving me kisses. No reward because I didn't ask. Then he BOWED. I sure didn't teach him to bow, someone else must have. It was very cute. I ran and got the clicker and treats and reinforced it. :)
I'm not a fan personally. My horse was taught it as a young stallion and he is incredibly treat grabby, even after a year of consistant work with it. He only gets treats after I'm completely done with him because he gets so distracted by it. He is instead rewarded with praise. It is only this way because the clicker training wasn't done right. As long as you make him respect your space and yourself, you should be fine.
What an interesting post!!! I am a dog trainer and I have just started using clicker training for the first time with a client and it is going fine. Of course I am sure there are things I could be doing better. I really want to start clicker training 'my' (I hope she will finally be mine, she had her pre purchase exam today, waiting for blood test results) mare Yapa. Any advice on how and where to start would be great. I know a lot about dog behaviour but I am new in the 'horse world', so I am not that confident about how to go about it.
This would be the first time i've heard of using a cricket to train with..... not sure its safe.
As far as horse cookies for reward treats they work unless you over reward the treats, the horse can understand different levels of reward. A stop and rest is a reward, a pet or pat on the neck or forehead is a reward and top reward would be a cookie.
Mostly cookies here are when they are at leisure in the pasture we feed them the treats in the evening when setting out by the fence in lawn chairs in the barn.