Equine Clicker 101
Summary: Welcome to class, Clicker Training Class! Learn the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training (clicker training) in this unique hands-on podcast. A pioneer in this training and now the Head Behaviorist and Positive Reinforcement Trainer at Via Nova Training, Shawna Karrasch takes you step by step through an explanation and exercises you can practice with your horse while listening to the podcast. Joining this class is easy, just click play. Part of the Horse Radio Network.
Recognizing the shutdown horse, or a horse in a state of learned helplessness, is not always easy. In this lesson I discuss ways to help them open up and become active and engaged participants in their training. This often results in a happier horse who experiences a better quality of life.
In this lesson we discuss ways to help our horses to choose relaxation and settling over excitability. We want to teach them that standing quietly is the most reinforcing behavior...ever!
Many people think they couldn't go with Positive Reinforcement training because of the way their horses behave around food. In this episode I discuss ways to help horses learn to be mannerly about food. It is easier than you think!
In this lesson I will discuss separation anxiety. This can be a worrisome and even unsafe challenge for both horses and horse owners. I will discuss ways to help them with their worry while also creating a better association with being on their own or out in the world. Naturally, I will focus on using positive reinforcement to address this issue.
When it comes to horse showing you want a horse who is calm and confident. Horse shows are full on new sights, sounds and smells. Thoughtfully setting your horse up for success at the horse show is more than preparing them for the arena. However, if not done with some awareness, we run the risk of overwhelming(flooding) them and creating a sensitivity to the show environment. I discuss some things to consider before your horse's first show.
We have discussed how to begin introducing collection in the last lesson. This lesson will move into taking those exercises under saddle using positive reinforcement to create a great association.
In this episode we will discuss ways to prepare your horse for collection. Starting on the ground and discussing what we are looking for.
Most horses that we come across have already been taught a vast majority of the things they know through traditional training. These horse's are often referred to as crossover horses. We are shifting our focus to positive reinforcement, how do we move forward? I discuss how to move forward and recognizing when it would be best to retrain a behavior.
Teaching pressure as a cue, with a strong positive reinforcement history instead of using escalating pressure. While this may seem like a matter of semantics, the resulting emotional state is quite different. I describe the difference and ways to create the behavior utilizing positive reinforcement.
Sometimes, during training sessions, our horses get off track. I discuss ways to get back on track, to bring clarity to our sessions and to minimize frustration.
Utilizing our hands as targets is easy to teach and obviously convenient. In addition, pairing it with their name becomes is an easy way to teach a recall.
This lesson is focused on learning to recognize facial expressions, body language and the value of eye contact. All of this serves as way for our horses to communicate how they are feeling. It gives us valuable information about our horses and helps us to strengthen our bond.
Teaching your horse to enjoy baths isn’t so hard especially when using positive reinforcement, We don’t want him to simply tolerate it, we want him to like it. We discuss ways to get your horse acclimated to the hose, running water and getting sudsy!
When things don't go as planned it is easy for you and your horse to become frustrated. In this Lesson I discuss ways to minimize frustration and to keep training fun. We learn about least reinforcing stimulus (LRS) and differential reinforcement of incompatible behavior (DRI).
Timing is key in any type of training and positive reinforcement training is no exception. This certainly holds true when we think about shaping movement. In this lesson I discuss some tips to develop better timing and targeted results.