Clicker Training for Horses


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When it comes to teaching an animal to behave well, or to perform certain desirable actions, clicker training is one of the cheapest and most effective options available. Rather than paying for expensive lessons at an obedience school, with a clicker and a little knowledge you can just train your animal yourself during your free time. Click on the above link to learn more about clicker training for horses.

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Clicker Training for Horses

  1. 1. Clicker Training for Horses By
  2. 2. Clicker Training for HorsesClicker Training InformationWhen it comes to teaching an animal to behavewell, or to perform certain desirableactions, clicker training is one of the cheapest andmost effective options available.Rather than paying for expensive lessons at anobedience school, with a clicker and a littleknowledge you can just train your animal yourselfduring your free time. Clicker Training for Horses
  3. 3. Clicker Training for Horses Technically speaking, clicker training is a kind of operant conditioning. It is not a form of classical conditioning. Unlike classical methods, which make use of aversive control (i.e., punishments), the emphasis with a clicker is on getting the animal to behave in a certain way through positive input. In other words, clicker trainers encourage the target behavior. Clicker Training for Horses
  4. 4. Clicker Training for HorsesA clicker trainer will use nonverbalsignals, verbal signals, clicks, and rewards asencouragement to perform target behaviors.Rewards are important, because a reward isthe clearest way to indicate to an animalthat whatever it just did was desirable to thetrainer.With consistent training, the animal learnsthat a reward will always come if it performsthat action. Clicker Training for Horses
  5. 5. Clicker Training for HorsesOf course, it’s not the case that clicker trainers never make useof punishments.In order to get an animal to learn, some type of corrective actionis necessary.However, scoldings and physical pain are not among the choicesused by a clicker trainer. If an animal fails to correctly do someintended action, the trainer gives a neutral verbal sign to let theanimal know that it has not performed well enough to receive areward. Clicker Training for Horses
  6. 6. Clicker Training for HorsesSimple, but powerful and effectiveThe simplicity of this system makes it easily understood by anyanimal.The reason?All animals have and understand the concept of reward. Clicker Training for Horses
  7. 7. Clicker Training for Horses Clicker training (operant conditioning) is also distinguished from classical conditioning because it will require quite a bit of patience during training. There is no step that cannot be broken down into smaller steps, and small steps are the soul of operant conditioning. Also, no step is so small that it cannot be rewarded. Clicker Training for Horses
  8. 8. Clicker Training for HorsesSo if, for example, you want your horse to trot out and fetch anorange traffic cone from the middle of a field, you will need to giveit a reward for any action that seems like it might be a step in theright direction – even just looking at the target during the initialattempts. Clicker Training for Horses
  9. 9. Clicker Training for HorsesTeaching any sort of complex target behavior will require you tobreak it down into smaller steps or segments that the student (i.e.,your horse) can handle.You can then lead the animal into successive phases. Clicker Training for Horses
  10. 10. Clicker Training for HorsesEvery success, no matter how small, is to be met with the positivereinforcement of a click and a reward. Incorrect or extraneousactions (non-targeted behavior) should receive a neutral word orgesture.This way, the animal gets the idea and will eventually opt for thetarget behavior over other actions. Clicker Training for Horses
  11. 11. Clicker Training for HorsesClicker training is effective, and remarkably so,because it is founded in this sort of positivereinforcement.Through positive reinforcement, you can quicklyenable your animal to understand what specificactions result in a reward, and weed out thoseactions that do not.An animal will always naturally choose the actionthat results in a treat; it’s simply in the animal’s bestinterests to do so. Clicker Training for Horses
  12. 12. Clicker Training for HorsesIf your horse has already received classicalconditioning, you can still use clicker training tomake further progress.In fact, the progress may well be faster. Researchhas shown that equines crossing over fromtraditional methods of training still enjoyexcellent results. Clicker Training for Horses
  13. 13. Clicker Training for HorsesThis is particularly true when the trainerassists the animal during the initialsessions (which can take as many astwenty to fifty training cycles to achievesuccess).Later, when the horse has acquiredsufficient mastery of the targetaction, training can be augmented withboth verbal and non-verbal signals. Clicker Training for Horses
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