I’ve heard some people say clicker training (positive reinforcement) is all about teaching tricks and constantly giving treats and I don’t want to go there with my horse. Yes clicker training can teach your horse tricks but it can be used for so much more as you can teach a horse [Read more…]
Horse Agility is great for
- Young foals without hurting their joints
- Riders who want to improve their working relationship with their horses
- Those horses that are too small to or those that can’t be ridden because of physical problems
- Those who can’t ride because of physical challenges
- Those that may have a fear of riding after an accident
- Building emotional and mental fitness
Benefits for the Handler
- Great way to get exercise
- Build a deeper bond between you and your horse
- Family affair
- Builds your confidence
- Problem solving skills
Any equine can do horse agility from miniature horses to drafts even mules and donkeys. You can compete in your own back yard. There are different levels of competition and different divisions. The only tack you will need is a halter and lead rope. Don’t have a horse then borrow one from a friend. All you have to do is setup the obstacle course for that month and video tape yourself going through the course. After that you then upload your video to your favorite video site. No more traveling to shows and spending lots of money on classes, stall fees, motels, eats or high fuel bills. Get your best friend out of the pasture and start practicing you will be glad you did.
I will soon be offering competitions in person and online so keep checking back as you won’t want to miss what I have to offer.
Why I chose clicker training to teach my horses which includes my ponies and miniatures about Horse Agility. I found that using clicker training is so beneficial for the agility horses because it is a powerful communication tool. The level of the understanding that my horses have is far beyond anything else I’ve ever used with them. The sound of the click tells them “yes” that is what I am wanting. In the beginning you may have to show them what you want them to do. I’ve found it only takes a few times of showing them something then they start to offer the behavior on their own. When they start to offer the behavior on their own it basically hard wires it into their brain and that tells you that they understand.
I love to watch the horses think through the process and offer behaviors as they make me laugh all the time. By using clicker training it builds confidence in the horse and gets them to play an active part in the learning process. All Horse Agility participants start off using the halter and lead but then as they move up the levels they will eventually be working with the horse at liberty sending them around and over different obstacles.
For example when going through the starter level Horse Agility course you might encounter things such as having your horse stand with their back feet in a hula hoop while you stand in another one and wait for 5 seconds or you might have to go between two obstacles but have you horse wait before they can come through the obstacle and all of this must be done by keeping a loose lead. No tugging or pulling it’s about communication and clicker training helps you to build that communication. When you get to the liberty level you will have to influence your horse from a distance. One of the tasks is asking your horse to wait at the entrance of the L until you tell them it is ok to go through the obstacle, you are not beside them doing this.
Get signed up for my online classes in Horse Agility using Clicker Training. I also offer lessons at my facility or yours. Call 325-261-3360 or email me today.
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#1 – What are you planning on doing with your new equine partner? Trail riding, driving competition, show ring competition or a safe pony for the kids and remember ponies are not just for kids.
There are a growing number of adults who are getting into ponies and miniature horses because they cost less to feed and they are easier to handle. If you would like to get into the competition side of things have you researched that out to find how much show fees, equipment, clothing and such will cost?
#2. – Will you be keeping this new equine partner at home or will you board? If you are keeping them at home what type of pen do you have is it safe, is it close to the highway, is there dogs running lose in your area,……. If you are going to board have you checked out boarding facilities to see if they have openings or is there a waiting list, what do they charge, is it full or partial board, what all is included in the board fee, is there a place to work your horse, what are the other boarders like etc…..
#3. – What kind of price do you have in mind? Just remember that cheap does not mean safe, trained or healthy. I’ve seen people purchase horses because they were cheap only to find out it had major health problems, it was a bucker, bolter etc….. There are people out there who will not tell you the truth about the horse which is really sad as an animal this large can really hurt you.
#4. – After you decide what you want to do with your new equine partner, where you will keep them and how much you are wanting to spend then you are ready to start shopping around. Where do you start? Well you can start by looking at local newspapers ads, ask friends who already have horses or look online.
If you are going to look at rescues or auctions I would highly recommend that you take an Equine Professional with you. Also when shopping make sure you don’t purchase the first horse or pony you come across and don’t shop by color alone as I’ve seen people do this before and it turned out to be the wrong choice based on color alone.
Did you know that 80% of first time horse owners sell their horse within two years or less because they become overwhelmed, frightened or unprepared for what happens or do not know how to work with their horse safely!
Let me ask you this: Do you want to be one of the 80%? I have more information to share with you regarding this topic in the class that I teach on “Buying A Horse”. If you would like to schedule a class or learn more about what I have to offer be sure to visit my website page on “Buying A Horse”