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  1. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    " I would be able to get from B (expanding after the horse knows to smack said target, then removing targets slowly) to C, but getting from A (connecting a treat with smacking the target) to B is the part that loses me." That is where the clicker comes in. It marks the exact moment the wanted behavior is performed. It is a bridge between behavior and reward. Targeting is one of the foundation behaviors, as it is fairly easy for most (dogs, cats, horses, mice, birds, etc). There is tons of information on the web as well as videos. You first start with the horse behind a barrier, to ward of mugging, and you feed with an extended arm, away from your body. Here's a video that might help (found those on youtube, don't know the people): Click when the horse's nose touches the target, then remove target from view, then feed treat
  2. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    A good basic book if you are interested in Clicker Training (which again is NOT about the food) is: The Click that Teaches by Alexandra Kurland. Another good book for more advanced ground work using more traditional methods is Horse Training in-hand by Lesmeister/Mistral
  3. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    There are many different ways to teach those things. Clicker Training is one of them. Here is my Mustang learning the Spanish Walk (and yes he needs more forward - we were practicing getting duration.) This was taught by having him touch a target with one leg at first, then expanding on that. You could also teach it in a more "traditional" way, tapping the legs with a whip.
  4. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    Here's the video in question:
  5. Clicker Training

    Here's a clicker trained pony - what a great complicity between the 2!
  6. Clicker Training

    Good memory! ;} I trained him the more traditional way, but looked into Clicker Training to bring him out of his shell a bit. All the tricks in the above video were trained using the clicker. I think it's another great tool to have in your training/horsemanship "toolbox." It has also worked great with some of the rescue horses we tried it own. I figure if it can teach a whale to jump through a ring of fire, what have I got to lose... ;)
  7. Can You Look At These Injury Photos?

    PASS - not worth it.
  8. Is This A "waste" Of A Good Horse?

    Not a waste. HOWEVER, I think it is important to put as much training as one can into one's horse. Reason being that things happen, and if the horse ever needed a new home, it's a lot easier to find a good home for a horse that can be tied, trailered, saddled, ridden, trimmed, etc than for a pasture ornament that's been "sittin' in a pasture for the past 4 years" to quote many of the ads on Craigslist.
  9. Thanks! I got Riot from Canon City as a 3 year old. He is from the Sandwash HMA in Colorado. Sometimes he likes to come up with his on tricks, such as picking up the whip or taking the ball on the pedestal ;)
  10. My 8 year old Mustang during a little trick session: Why would you leave me, longeing the trainer ;), lining up to the mounting block, Spanish Walk, bow, backing and jumping.
  11. Modifying Hay Net

    They do make the ones like yours with the net in front:,-haybag/Detail.bok A friend of mine got one but the netting broke after a couple of days, and her horse was eating from the top anyways... I would vote for just getting a net (under $10) and sticking it in the bag. This one is only $6.99:
  12. Modifying Hay Net

    Even if you put a piece of netting on the front hole, won't your horse just eat from the top?
  13. Round Penning In Groups?

    I do it successfully with 2 horses as long as they are familiar with round-penning - ie. they understand my commands to walk, trot, canter, stop, turn to the inside and turn to the outside. Once they have those down pat on their own, I add the additional horse. And no, they are not allowed to take off, buck, kick up their heels, etc, either by themselves or in pairs. (Ever watch circus shows where they have 20 horses working together? Again, you have to know your horses and know you can rely on your/their training.)
  14. Horse Toys?

    Here's a video of my colt with his cone. He will gallop with it! And of course, Elmo didn't stand a chance!