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2 Widespread Errors in Clicker Coaching Horses


    Our surroundings influences our behaviour! Everyone knows that and use that truth on a regular basis clicker coaching our horses. How does your surroundings profit you?

    We arrange our horses for fulfillment on a regular basis. We current a goal (surroundings) to our horse, so he can contact it!

    We train our horses to not mug us once we’re coaching with meals. The meals in our pockets and our presence turns into the ‘On’ change for Studying, for our horses.

    Your horse begins to assume what behaviour does result in treats? They determine in minutes that mugging isn’t the reply anymore.

    After a couple of clicker coaching minutes your horse is already considering “How can I affect my surroundings [the treats] with my behaviour?” . We modified the educational surroundings for our horses and helped him study quick with constructive reinforcement (R+).

    You already know and skilled that the surroundings performs a big position on the behaviour and studying strategy of your horse.

    But, I nonetheless see so many people fall again on damaging reinforcement-thinking and due to this fact struggling massively with utilizing clicker coaching successfully. I’ll elaborate on that beneath.

    Considering mistake #1

    That is whenever you get begin considering that clicker coaching possibly takes longer than damaging reinforcement… NO!

    Unfaithful! While you fall into this considering mistake, it’s since you attempt to use constructive reinforcement in a damaging reinforcement surroundings! Or attempting to make use of a software in your clicker coaching that’s designed for R-!

    Have you ever ever consciously modified your individual surroundings to reinforce your clicker coaching? Clicker coaching may be pointless tough and laborious when your complete surroundings is about up to achieve success as damaging reinforcement coach! It’s attempting to suit a spherical peg right into a sq. gap.

    How one can set YOURSELF up for fulfillment

    Change your surroundings!


    You’ve in all probability already achieved it up to now. While you

    • Went to a clicker clinic. You surrounded your self with likeminded folks and emerged your self in constructive reinforcement method/considering.

    Do you keep in mind how a lot you realized in only one weekend? That’s the ability of your surroundings! It’s straightforward to clicker prepare your horse and to consider new R+ approaches when everybody else is providing you with constructive enter and concepts! While you see different girls clicker coaching their horses efficiently, it conjures up and will get your inventive constructive reinforcement juices flowing!

    • Watched movies about clicker coaching simply earlier than you went to your horse.

    You’ve modified your (inner!) surroundings and it sparked concepts and motivated you to do the identical.

    • Spoke with one other clicker coach, or a pal and also you mentioned your wrestle. You bought new insights of fixing your wrestle and received your momentum again.

    By making a distance ( your wrestle, problem or downside) from a distinct angle, it was doable to consider a distinct method.

    Sounds acquainted?

    What retains you struggling in clicker coaching your horse

    Typically the reply is: Your surroundings!


    Considering mistake #2

    While you attempt to use constructive reinforcement utilizing damaging reinforcement coaching instruments (surroundings)! You set your self up for FAILURE!

    Spherical pen

    You employ a spherical pen to train your horse with constructive reinforcement and you’ll’t get your horse shifting successfully and burning energy. Why is that?

    A spherical pen is purposefully designed to chase a horse a-spherical! There aren’t any corners to flee.

    Have you ever ever observed that horses discover the corners of the world whenever you chase him round? They modify course: they wish to have a alternative and attempt to affect their surroundings: your behaviour!

    Detrimental reinforcement trainers struggled with that downside, so that they took out the corners! They made the pen so small they may attain the horse at any time, in anywhere with the intention to apply the aversive (ache, the specter of ache/harm) successfully. They wanted to succeed in the horse with their whip, coaching stick, carrot stick, the ‘extension of their arm’, rope or no matter software they’re utilizing to make the horse transfer.

    A spherical pen is designed to chase the horse round, with out an escape. It’s designed to ‘train’ the horse that there’s just one reply doable: go ahead till the coach says in any other case!

    Now, whenever you don’t understand that and also you need (anticipate) the identical outcome utilizing constructive reinforcement, you’re setting your self up for failure!

    You’ll be able to’t be as profitable in clicker coaching in case you’re attempting to make use of a coaching software that’s designed to create success with R-! You need to consider methods to design constructive reinforcement instruments and use the surroundings to assist your coaching methodology. The one who invented the reverse spherical pen was properly on her means!

    Coaching instruments, methods and other people

    Selecting the best software for the job is detrimental for you success! The higher your instruments, methods and other people you encompass your self with, the higher outcomes you get!

    R+ Instruments & Strategies

    It is a half most clicker trainers do already rather well: they use targets, mats, meals reinforcers and bridge indicators (click on).

    Do you have got the assist you want, to assume extra like a constructive reinforcement coach?

    Considering Mistake #3

    Considering you’ll be able to change conventional horse folks to see the advantages of clicker coaching… Reality is: you’ll be able to’t change anybody! You’ll be able to solely change your self. Making an attempt to persuade R- trainers of constructive reinforcement could be very laborious and infrequently unimaginable. Cease doing it, it would drain your vitality. As an alternative deal with discovering higher folks to spent your time with.

    Encompass your self with Constructive Folks!

    This appears like an open door! But, so many individuals encompass themselves with unsupportive folks. Then they inform themselves they’ll’t do something about it, and again that up with an excuse (“There aren’t any clicker trainers or barns in my space”). Now they’re actually caught! They get very sad, usually even determined. I’ve seen folks significantly spiral down from there. They begin doubting themselves or their method. They begin to assume clicker coaching isn’t the easiest way. Don’t let that occur to you!

    Are your barn folks supportive?

    One among my purchasers boarded her horses in a really conventional boarding facility. Quaint cowboy strategies, like tying up 2-year outdated horses of their stall for hours to ‘train them to be tied up’- sort of methods. It was very laborious for her to clicker prepare her horses in that surroundings as a result of the ‘norm’ was to be abusive and use coercion to get issues achieved. They weren’t solely abusive to their horses, but in addition to her!

    They advised her that she was a nasty horse proprietor, not an actual horse individual and that she was spoiling and ruining her teen with treats and mushy approaches. That it was time to place a saddle on her horse and cease being a pussy.

    No marvel, it was a wrestle for her to clicker prepare her horses. She was all the time nervous that she would run into different folks on the barn. That somebody would watch her and commented. As a result of they did… On a regular basis!. I used to be horrified to listen to how they crapped on her coaching. It was verbally abusive! Not supportive in any respect.

    Do you keep away from clicker coaching when individuals are round?

    It was additional laborious on her as a result of she already was already a bit insecure (who isn’t generally?). She was comparatively new to being a horse proprietor. She’s in her forties and purchased her first horse solely two years in the past. She’s not an individual ‘who grew up with horses’. And she or he was additionally new to clicker coaching. Nonetheless she did such an excellent job clicker coaching her horses! Her outcomes spoke for itself.

    In case you have folks in your surroundings commenting negatively in your clicker coaching and your method, ask your self how one can encompass your self with higher folks!

    When my shopper turned part of my R+ group (the HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy) she usually expressed her mitigation of being in a supportive, uplifting and constructive surroundings the place folks believed in her and her method!

    She leaped ahead and developed her clicker coaching abilities inside a yr. It was a pleasure to observe her evolve and he or she her enhance her horses behaviours! Finally she moved her horses to a distinct boarding facility.

    Are you able to think about the way it’s like, to dread going to the barn each, single day? Are you able to see how this may intrude along with your happiness of being a horse proprietor? The way it will intrude along with your clicker coaching? How this may forestall having fun with your horse and having enjoyable coaching and driving? In any case, we now have horses to complement our lives, proper?

    Change your surroundings, change your final result

    • Use or design a coaching surroundings and instruments that assist and improve constructive reinforcement! For instance use a reverse spherical pen (and even higher the HippoLogic Reverse Rectangle) to train your horse
    • Change your inner surroundings (concepts, options, approaches) by watching clicker coaching movies and/or trainers or focus on your coaching with different constructive reinforcement trainers earlier than your coaching in order that thinking like a constructive reinforcement coach turns into your behavior.
    • Discover a tribe that conjures up you! They’ll be a day by day reminder to maintain going with R+!
    • Encompass your self with constructive folks, who assist you and respect you and your R+ coaching! Let go of Debby Downers and Detrimental Nancy’s!

    Are you a compassionate horse proprietor who likes to study and want to get private teaching in a gaggle? Do you wish to have entry to on-line clicker coaching programs and a superb, supportive R+ group, then be part of our HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy. Take a look at the hyperlink!

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    Joyful Horse coaching!
    Sandra Poppema, B.Sc., founding father of HippoLogic & HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy
    HippoLogic Clicker Training Academy transforms horsewomen into clicker trainsters