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Do you wish you could communicate better with your horse? 

                     Do you wish you could have fun with your horse?

                                         Or do you just want to lie around with him?

All these things are possible with a clicker trained horse.  With clicker training, you can teach your horse all the skills he needs and have fun at the same time.  With clicker training, your horse learns faster because he is actively trying to learn what you are trying to teach him.  You are truly working together toward a common goal. 

This site is set up as an educational site to help people learn about clicker training. You will find some basic information in the CLICKER BASICS, FAQ and GETTING STARTED sections.   If you are already clicker training, then you will want to visit the articles section for more advanced topics. 



Monthly News for September 2015

Clicker Expo 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio will be the first Expo to have a "horse track" which will be 3 days of presentations specifically about using clicker training with horses.  This is very exciting as we have been asking for more horse presentations for years. If there's enough attendence, they will be adding a "horse track" to other Expos. For more information, visit http://www.clickertraining.com/clickerexpo/cincinnati.

Jane Jackson, Cindy Martin and I had a great time teaching a clinic on August 1-2 in Northern Vermont. The focus was on using clicker training to train practical behaviors and beyond.  We used Jane's horses and ponies and everyone had a great time. It was so much fun we are going to do it again next year.  For more information you can contact Jane at bookendsfarm@gmail.com.

I have added two new articles on getting started riding with the clicker. One is on the practical aspect of working with food and preparing your horse for food delivery from the saddle. The other answers some common questions that often come up when people start clicking while riding.  You can find them on the articles page under "Advanced training."

There are now a number of on-line courses available as well as clinics by equine clicker trainers.  Alexandra Kurland has a foundation course which is available through her website www.theclickercenter.com.  I mention this one because I am familiar with its contents and I know it will give you a solid understanding of how to clicker train your horse. But there are others if you prefer a course of a different format (shorter, longer, more interaction etc...) and I suggest you do some research to find the course that works for you.  I've created a new page that lists educational opportunities including courses and events. You can visit it through the resources page or by clicking here.

If you prefer to learn by attending an educational event, I always recommend the Clicker Expo and ORCA conferences.  They always have great information and opportunities to meet up with other clicker trainers for discussions and sharing.  You can learn more about Clicker Expo by going to www.clickertraining.com.  You can learn more about ORCA by going to http://orgs.unt.edu/orca/conference/. I have a lot of notes on both conferences in the articles section so if you want to know more about them, you might want to read those as well.  There is always new information being presented and it's exciting to see what is new in clicker training.  I've been to each one multiple times and I still look forward to them every year.  

If you are looking for help in person, check out the community pages to see if there is a clicker trainer near you. Some of these trainers also offer skype/video/phone lessons and consults.

Happy clicking,




This site now has a facebook page that is where I will post updates about what's new on the site, share what I am doing with my own horses, and post other items of interest. 

The site is named Equine Clicker Training - Katie Bartlett.  To go to it from here, you can click on the link below.




Training Tip:  When teaching a horse head down,  it is not uncommon for the horse to take a step forward as he drops his head. This is normal grazing behavior and just means it is his pattern.  I find that teaching head lowering using a stationary target placed near the front feet often minimizes this tendency to combine foot movement with lowering the head.



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