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Positive Reinforcement w/ Clicker Introduction

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Learn how to get cooperation without dominance. Positive reinforcement training can be used for husbandry behaviors, tricks, and riding. Discover how to gain your horse’s voluntary willingness, and motivate your horse without coercion.

Positive reinforcement aka +R is science based force free training. It creates voluntary willingness in the horse without use of negative consequences. Cues are invitations and not commands. Light pressure is used a suggestion to the horse, but never sustained or increased. Pressure is not used as a motivator. Horses are given the freedom to choose to participate without coercion.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Prepare for a successful introduction to clicker training.
  • About types of reinforcers and equipment for getting started with clicker training.
  • When to click, what the click means, and the reinforcement process.
  • How marker signals and shaping are used to teach horses.
  • Learn how to set up a free shaping simulation exercise that will help you prepare to teach your horse.
  • Evaluate your horse's needs and customize the training approach.
  • How to teach the horse to touch a target and give you personal space.
  • How to teach the horse to stand still and at ease when you are near them.

Course Content

Reinforcers & Equipment
I discuss  types of reinforcers as well as equipment for getting started with clicker training. I talk about types of food reinforcers, treat bags, clickers, and target sticks. I show examples of protected contact barriers being used.

  • Reinforcers & equipment
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  • Reinforcers and Equipment

Clicking, reinforcing, and simulation exercise
I discuss when to click, what the click means, and the reinforcement process. I define shaping and how it is used to teach horses. I demonstrate a free shaping simulation exercise that will help you prepare to teach your horse.

Evaluating your horse and customizing the training
Learn how to evaluate your horse's temperament to customize the training approach. Prepare for a successful introduction to clicker training.

Introducing the system to the horse
Watch a horse's first session. Teaching the horse to touch a target and give the human personal space.

Teaching at ease and follow
Watch the horse learn to follow my fist , and stand still at ease while keeping his head straight in front of him.

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Laurie Sherman
1 year ago
Excellent course as I am beginning to train a blind horse. I quickly picked up the timing of behavior-cluck-reward. My horses like it and ‘get’ it pretty much in 2 days! I especially appreciate the sections where Mary demonstrates the actual training, with different horses, as training progresses.
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