Borka is the mother of Destinada that I showed in the clip with the "chair game". Borka has done this game a lot, and since she was very pregnant at the time we filmed this we didn't do much with her, except having a bit of fun with her.

I like this clip because she so clearly shows how much she loves this. Getting up on this horse for a ride is simply a matter of climbing on top of pretty much anything and she comes running into place.

Whether or not we are going for a ride we always follow the mounting with a little scratch to keep her motivated. A nice way to start the ride for both of us, and the horse isn't just easy to get on, she also learns to wait until the rider asks for forward movement.

I think this is a better way to get a horse to stand for mounting than using punishment; it's safer, easier, more effective and a lot nicer for both horse and human.

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Comment by Mary Ginn on February 11, 2010 at 5:39pm
I, for one, would enjoy whatever you might post, Ellen. I especially like the look of joy on YOUR face!
Comment by Ellen Ofstad on February 11, 2010 at 1:03pm
Thank you all for the positive feedback!
You are natural clickertrainers ;)
Positive reinforcement really works, and to make a case in point here; I will probably upload another full film as a series here, just because I am so happy to get such great feedback :)

As for brilliant?!... stop, just doing my thing... (ehem, keep going, I'm loving it!)
Comment by Ann Crago on February 11, 2010 at 12:31pm
...Ellen , you truly are brilliant !!!! Looks like fun and it makes soooo much sense !!! Thanks to you I am truly enjoying my Ziggy and having a lot of fun with him through our long cold winter...Keep educating us ....I really appreciate and use every bit of wisdom from you !!!!!
Comment by Barnmice Admin on February 11, 2010 at 11:09am
Ellen, your videos continue to amaze me. Thank you for sharing! :)
Comment by Mary Ginn on February 11, 2010 at 11:05am
I love it! Can't wait to try it!

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