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.
Shawna Karrasch discusses the common springtime issue...diving for grass. We will discuss some thoughts and strategies to minimize this annoying habit. Understanding their motivation, offering valuable reinforcements and creating strong and salient cues can really change things!
In this lesson we discuss and practice getting ready for fly season. We walk through the steps to getting our horses comfortable with being sprayed with fly spray.
Teaching your horse to happily participate in bridling isn't hard to do when utilizing positive reinforcement as part of the equation. In this lesson I discuss what steps to take to create seamless bridling. In addition, I discuss how to change the reluctant horse into a happy participant.
As we begin training we often teach behaviors with our horses at liberty. This gives them a choice and provides us with a lot of information. But how do we move from liberty work to utilizing equipment while still giving our horses a voice? In this lesson I will discuss the different ways to transition to traditional equipment and cues.
It is important to be sure that our horses understand and chose to focus on the things that we have taught them, even in new and distracting situations. I discuss ways to strengthen your horses focus and build reliability with your training.
Teach your horse to be cordial at the gate. Resource guarding is common among social animals, including horses. I discuss some techniques to help them to make better, safer choices at the gate or when in a group setting.
We discuss and practice techniques for teaching young horses basic skills, including standing still and impulse control.
Leading often leaves something to be desired. In this lesson we discuss ways to help get your horse refocused and back in the game of leading. It is often too much momentum that leads to many of the challenges so we discuss ways to help our horses practice some impulse control.
In this lesson we discuss why horses bite. It’s not always what you might think. We also discuss positive and constructive ways to address the unwanted behavior.
Techniques for helping the spooky horse to focus under saddle. The key is that it is the horse's choice to redirect his attention back to working with his rider. Often times we utilize equipment that controls a physical response, but the horses can remain in the same internal, emotionally charged state. When the horse chooses to focus, it really is the horse choosing to regulate his emotional response to the situation. It is a game changer!
This lesson talks about body language, facial expressions and recognizing when our horses go over threshold. These observations give us important information. Our horses emotions are an important part of our relationship and they definitely come into play with training. We will take a look at how our horses respond in different situations.
Using positive reinforcement we can teach our horses to not only stand quietly, but to actually look forward to the clipping process. We will utilize systematic desensitization and counterconditioning. They sound like big words but it is a simple and useful tool to have in your toolbox for lots of situations, beyond clipping.
We will be talking about how to help get your horse fit and balanced using the reverse round pen. Fading ourselves to the center of the circle is our first objective. We will also be introducing new cues including verbal to help prepare for ridden work.
The reverse round pen means that you are on the inside and the horse is on the outside. It is an excellent tool for helping your horse to get fit, develop balance and proper biomechanics while also giving him a choice. In addition it can be used to teach upward/downward transitions and impulse control. In this episode we will discuss easy ways to create a reverse round pen and some early exercises to get things started.
We will work on using positive reinforcement to help our horses to be relaxed and happy in the cross ties. We will teach him how to respond to the sensation of being tied, whether a single tie or cross ties.