Not necessarily. If you are worked up to the point where you can not think things through, but are reacting on an emotional level instead, then you are doing more harm than good. It is MUCH BETTER when you get in that state, to just walk away till you can get yourself calmed down.
When I was trying to put the bit in her mouth, I was actually calm. I was reacting on emotion when she was getting into my space and being rude cause I was upping the pressure each time she did something unacceptable. Her using her muzzle to pushing into me really hard was a big no no and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time she did it, I was very hard on her. I dont think I could have put any more pressure than I did without having to resort to throwing stuff (which I dont do).
Like I mentioned in my other threads, my biggest weakness/flaw that my trainers have all said I have is that I dont apply enough pressure when needed. Im too gentle, Im too soft and because of this, no horse will take me seriously. Well last night Im quite pleased with myself in seeing how I stepped things up again to the next level in terms of the amount of pressure I applied and when I applied it.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of clicker training for horses. Although, yes, I have seen some positive results in the hands of some people.
Every horse is an individual. What motivates one may not motivate another. Food would be a definite motivator for my Honey
, but for most of the horses I work with, no. Toys? Again, most of the horses I know would give you a look like "and I'm supposed to do what
The majority (because there is always the exception to the rule
) of horses respond well to pressure and release training. This can take many forms, but the basic principle is the same.
My horse is incredibly sensitive (she can get uncomfortable even from the slightest bit of pressure) but the fortunate thing is that the release of pressure and rubs and scratches can motivate her to doing something. She loves attention and she loves being given scratches and rubs when she did something right. So thankfully I shouldnt have to use food as rewards for c/t.
The most important thing you can do is to approach your horse in a calm and observant manor. LOOK at her, what are the signals she is giving you?
I always take in account on how I approach her, every single time. I always approach in a soft and gentle voice, relaxed body walk and posture, and when I go to catch her I never walk directly to her. I always first greet her from a good distance, then I walk up to her indirectly at an angle. I was told it makes you not come across as a predator going right for them.
I dont even put my hand on her right away. The first thing I always do is, as I get close to her, I will say hi then her name, put out the back of my hand for her to reach out and smell THEN I will give her rubs and scratches while talking to her.
The signals she is giving me, well....she will always come walking towards me when she sees me. Rare cases that she wont if shes distracted or focused on something, last night she didnt cause she was hanging out with another gelding there that she really likes and she was watching him eat grass.
She will always nicker or whiny every single time. If she sees me at a distance, busy doing something and I havent come to her yet, she will stand and watch me and whiny loudly. If she sees me carrying a halter in my hand while going up to her, she will touch her nose to the halter because she wants to be haltered and get out of the pasture paddock.