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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. 

 

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Monthly News for October 2014

The weather has changed and we are getting some nice weather for riding.  I think everyone is happy to have fewer flies and less humidity.  Things have beeen pretty quiet here. Rosie and I are working on some exercises I was given at the end of the summer and hope to do our first flying change sometime this fall. I should say our first "intentional" flying change.  The rest of the horses have been hanging out with occasional sessions where we have done some fun shaping and worked on reviewing some basic lessons so I can use them as lesson horses. I love how they help people learn how easy it is to work with a horse that is trying to find the right answer too. 

I attended both the ORCA and Clicker Expo conferences and have been sharing my notes on my facebook page.  The notes from the ORCA conference are now in the articles section. You can go directly to them by clicking here:  ORCA2014.  The Clicker Expo notes are here:  ClickerExpo 2014. I enjoyed both conferences, met a lot of new people, and have have a lot of new information to think about. 

Have you heard about the new on-line clicker training course by Alexandra Kurland?  If you would like to learn how to clicker train, or sharpen your clicker training skills, you might consider signing up for Alexandra Kurland's new on-line course.  It is a self-paced course that focuses on teaching good clicker basics, the foundation lessons, some groundwork, and some riding with the clicker.  You can find out more information by going to http://www.theclickercenter.com/New--On-Line-Course.html.  The course offers access to on-line coaches who will be available to help you if you get stuck. She has plans to expand the course offerings to include more advanced topics. 

Happy clicking,

Katie

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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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