I’m an experienced clicker trainer but not an experienced horse trainer. I’ve been clicker training dogs for years and when I bought my first horse last August I knew that this was also the way I wanted to train my horse. But being new to horse training I needed inspiration and guidance in terms of what are appropriate behaviours to teach a horse and where do you start?
Luckily I found Connection Training, which has provided tons of inspiration and great ideas for me! Whenever I’ve reached a dead end in my training I’ve logged on to Connection Training and a few minutes later, I’ve got a new plan for how to continue my training.
Also the forum provides such great inspiration, and is full of helpful people. Sometimes you can feel a little alone in the “clicker horse training world” but the forum helps reassure you that you are not alone:) I Simply love what you guys do, and I’m looking forward to what’s next!
I have completed the foundation course. Now I’m working on trailer loading. I had three horses that wouldn’t load. Now Shakira loves the trailer, if the door is open she goes inside all by herself. And I can take her on trips. The other two is also easy to load, but we’re still working on closing the butt bar. I also want to learn more about riding with connection training. I love the support I get in this group. Everybody is friendly and helpful.
Thank you so much for Connection Training! We are using it with all 4 of our girls and they love it! They range in age from yearling to 21 years. It is absolutely the most stress-free training system I have ever come across. And the ponies learn so much more quickly and easily when they are not stressed & overwhelmed.
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 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!
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!
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