Last time I thought about clicker training, it was all theoretical. I had done a little with a previous horse but that was short lived and I haven’t had an opportunity since then.
Now I am absorbed in the practice, the study and the art. Maybe not, but I am really fascinated. Every chance I have I watch videos and read up on it. Horse Tricks 101 and Hippologic are my favorites, but there is so much good, free!, stuff out there.
Our last training sessions have been at liberty and we are working on some really fun stuff. I would show you but for that I would have to have someone to tape it or we would have more bad videos like the last one. On the bright side the lack of a videographer has meant that we will have many more tricks/ skills to show when we finally get to.
I thought I had the starting of horses fairly well down before but this opens up all sorts of possibilities. While I always taught my own horses fun things and installed extra buttons like pawing on command (hopefully leading to spanish walk someday, hadn’t gotten there yet but Coyote learns what he wants when he wants, Smoke went back to my mom and Nevel wasn’t around near long enough. And very useful for calving even if it never got as far as a spanish walk), putting their heads down to graze, or sniff a calf or find an ear of corn, on command and stepping over to the fence for mounting. I thought I was pretty cool and they had lots of extra stuff, that was nothing. I can’t wait to see where we end up.