I just wanted to tell you this story about my mare, Gertie. She came in from the field with a bad injury on her leg. When the vet arrived to see to it, she would NOT stand still – kept fidgeting and pawing, no matter how much sedation they gave her. She was just getting increasingly wound up. I finally insisted that we try to clicker train her through the process instead. I began to bridge and reinforce her whenever her foot was on the floor and she was standing still. Slowly the vet started to approach and build up to treating the wound. Gertie then stood like a rock throughout. The vet was amazed and now thinks clicker training is the best tool for gaining co-operation from horses for vet treatment!
Of course, it was all the preparatory work I had done with Gertie which helped her be able to stand calmly through this process so thank you, guys!
I am using the techniques to change her dressings and tend to her wound in between vet visits and it is easy and quick – without this I would have been dreading it every day! Her wound is healing well, thanks to being able to care for it properly.
Anyway, just thought you’d like to hear that success story and thank you!!
Your help and advice has been priceless to myself and Tonto. In five weeks we’ve gone from a 2 year old colt who’s been wild until his previous owner ran him into a stable forced a head collar on his head and drove him 7 hours (unknown) down to me, he was a stud clearance and faced meat man or me. I spent the next week with him snorting and stamping at me from the far side of a field.
But following your advice and videos, we now find ourselves 4 weeks further on with him calling when he sees me, following and stopping at liberty, backing up on command, learning to stay, leading on a head collar gladly, walking on the road, seeing all manner of objects which are an opportunity for click and treat rather than opportunity to go berserk and leap about, and now letting me rub all over him even around bum and legs and letting me put a rug on him, AMAZING!
We’ve built the most beautiful bond thanks to your advice and your videos. I’ll never thank you enough! You’ve helped myself be a better human and Tonto (not be a better horse as he was fine all along) but you’ve helped me show him we aren’t all bad 🙂
I am telling everyone about your site and hoping it makes a lot of better horse people for it!
I definitely have a highlight of this year. I’ve been clicker training with my mare Joy for quite a few years. I always focused on her behaviour instead of her emotions. She did learn the behaviours that I trained but she wasn’t connected to me at all. This is such a big part of dog training but I never learnt it with horses before Connection Training. When I was training Joy I pictured Hannah, Shawna and Rachel on my shoulders and started reinforcing moments when she was relaxed and focused on me. Now everything has changed!
Connection training has transformed my life with horses after 30+ years of ownership. I had always been searching for a way to train and enjoy time with my horse that felt right. Most methods are too formulaic and I never felt confident that I could “go it alone”.
Hannah’s methods are a breath of fresh air. The focus is on your connection with the horse and that is what I have been searching for all this time! Once you get that then trust builds and suddenly all things seem possible.
I have had minimal help in backing my home bred gelding but with clicker training and Hannah’s guidance I have gained huge confidence in our abilities (mine and Beau’s) to work through things together. We go at our own pace and we listen to each other and react to feedback. This is so much healthier than blindly following a method set out in stone to apply to all horses. The pressure is off and we are enjoying our time together and that is the single most important factor for me.
Thank you Hannah and Connection Training!
Rode my young WB today for the first time under saddle for a year. We have been doing lots of ground work with positive reinforcement – verbal cues for go and stop , to come to mounting block and leaning over his back and sitting on him bare back . Due to his previous training he disliked the saddle going on his back so we have been working on that too .
He was so super . Didn’t move when the saddle went on , stood at mounting block and on I hopped and off we went at a lovely relaxed walk and a responsive halt to my voice . Thank you Shawna Corrin Karrasch , Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield.
Love your online Connection Training course
I’ve got some good stuff to report. I’ve gone in to Connection Training head first now. I have two horses, one I’ve had for 26 years called Kitty. The other is Dut and she came 6 moths ago completely shut down. Now we’ve got to the stage where she is confident and she has a voice.
I have been using clicker training with horses for almost 20 years and I still learned loads when I found CONNECTION TRAINING last year. Their focus on calm emotions made a huge difference to my training. I have helped at a local horse rescue, Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH and teach clicker training to some of the volunteers there. Last year we hosted Shawna and are very much looking forward to having her again in May. I love her joy and enthusiasm and her wisdom in choosing the right lesson for difficult, troubled horses as well as over the top youngsters. I have encouraged everyone who has horses to check out the CT website and courses. I love the way the short lessons are laid out so you can easily go back and review. Hannah is inspiring and Rachel’s lessons are thought provoking. Good Stuff!
This is a review from our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/connectiontraining/
I’ve used On Target Training (Connection Training) for everything from clipping ears to starting piaffe. I love any training technique that’s based on reward (positive) reinforcement.
Dear Shawna, Hannah and Rachel. I am contacting you to thank you for the brilliant material in the loading and travelling course on Connection Training. My horse, Red, would go up the ramp but would then panic and run out backwards again straight away. Nothing I had tried had helped. But, when he had his target in there, everything changed! He now loves to stand in the horsebox and will travel happily. I didn’t think I’d ever get there! It took some time but, with patience, I can now take him to competitions and it is stress-free for both of us. No more worrying about whether he’ll load to go home, either! Thank you.
Noortje Boogaert is a Dutch vlogger and made a video of Shawna’s clinic in the Netherlands. Some parts of the video are in Dutch, but most is in English.
The Connection Training Centre opened at Cotijo de Segura in Spain in 2017. The Centre has rescued Spanish horses used for training courses.
Article Reward Based Training with Shawna Karrasch