I am a former Sea World animal trainer (whales, dolphins, sea lions) who took these techniques and introduced them to the equestrian world in 1994. On Target Training focuses on positive reinforcement training, problem solving, motivation, performance. After 10 years at Sea World (1984-1994) I began working with 2 time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden (and her husband John). We began applying the training techniques used at Sea World to horses.
Thanks for the follow. Glad to see another clicker trainer here. Since I have only been doing it for 3 years, I am quite the novice compared to you--but I have been doing it long enough to know what a wonderful teaching tool it is.
Thank you for the follow I will follow back you with great interest. I have watched some of your you tube films on clicker training. It makes good sense. I have just had the opportunity to ride(exercise) a beautiful 16h Morgan . However he constantly shakes his head and pulls away from hedges bottom fence of the menage left hand side too, to the point where he will only work in a small circle of about 15m. If you try to take him towards and area he is unsure of he will rear up and race away.He is overweight from combination of overeating and lack of exercise, his appetite is never satisfied. On the ground he is loving and calm and stands perfectly still when being mounted after that it seems entirely unpredictable..The owner lunges him before riding him once a week.. TBH I just wanted to ride but this guy has intrigued me any suggestions to get him relaxed and reliable and enjoying himself being ridden?
Thank you for your following me post. What a welcome to hear that you where a trainer at Sea World working with whales and such....I use this as a metaphor to help horse owners to understand the education that should of been learned before owning a horse. Learning the true "Nature of the Horse". If I wanted to do your work at Sea World I would of had to of gone to school and studies there nature. Learning all about the culture, communication and behavior and some much more. This is what I bring to my train, education and learning about the true "Nature of the Horse".
My website is www.natureofthehorse.
My horse Mint is demonstrating backing up at liberty. I received a request to share how I taught this behavior. I decided to teach Bugs (my green horse) and document each session along the way. I will post on Bugs' Blog: http://shawnakarrasch.com/blog/cat...