There are so many reasons to use clicker training that will benefit you and your horse, below I’ve listed a few reasons. I love using clicker training because it can be incorporated into any training program.
It’s great for teaching manners from the ground and is also very useful when riding. Before I started using clicker training my program was based only on
using Natural Horsemanship. I had success using Natural Horsemanship, but after seeing a lady I know working with her miniature horses using clicker training and getting outstanding results I knew I had to find out more.
This friend of mine had also used Natural Horsemanship in the past and had success but I found out she wanted a better way to communicate with her horses without increasing the phases of pressure. I could totally relate to this because I too had been in the position where I had increased the phases of pressure when training my horse and I didn’t like it.
After doing some research I found others who started using clicker training because they too wanted a better way to communicate with their horse’s. Some of the people had used Natural Horsemanship and some were using traditional training methods. What I found is that after these people started using clicker training they got outstanding results with clearer communication and deepened their relationship with their horse. I knew I had to try clicker training.
5 reasons why clicker training can benefit your training program:
- Builds confidence in a horse
- Motivates the horse to perform and helps with focus
- Makes the communication clear for the horse to understand
- Accomplishes results faster because it speeds up the learning process
- Empowers you with the ability to solve your horses training challenges
When working to build a horses confidence I always start out on the ground for safety reasons. I have the horse touching objects that are stationary and ones that move and make a noise like a plastic bag. They’re never forced to touch the object instead they offer to do this on their own. There are several other things that I teach in my course that help to build a horses confidence. By allowing it to be their idea to touch the object it really builds their confidence.
Clicker training is a very clear way to communicate with your horse and it doesn’t take long for them to understand. I love the way it keeps them focused and it speeds up the learning process. It’s very rewarding to see them offering behaviors. I’ve been able to accomplish several tasks in a shorter period of time using clicker training. If you have limited time time to work with your horse this is huge. The benefit of spending a shorter amount of time training is that you get lasting results using clicker training.
Keep in mind that using clicker training is not like waving a magic wand it takes dedication and consistency. You also need to work on your timing of the click signal. Clicker training is simple to incorporate into any training program and can be used under saddle. I also use clicker training to start all of my ponies under harness. I’ve found that by using clicker training it has developed a deeper bond with all of my horses plus they love it!
I’ve not given up all that I’ve learned through Natural Horsemanship as I still use it in my training program because it does have it’s benefits. Combining clicker training with Natural Horsemanship is the perfect marriage in my opinion. The thing I’ve found with clicker training is that I don’t have to increase the pressure or phases like I did when using only Natural Horsemanship.
I invite you to give clicker training a try it will make a huge difference for you and your horse, pony, donkey or mule! Contact me today to set up your lessons.
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