This site is fantastic, I have jumped straight in with the course on getting your horse confident, it is so great to have a criteria to follow and I am looking forward to progressing logically with my horses’ training
I just watched your video ‘How Horses Learn’ in the Getting Started Course, wow and thank- you! It is fascinating to learn about the horses brain and such an important concept about equine learning!
I rescued Segura in December 2012, she was a very frightened, underweight 5 year old who had only known rough handling due to ignorance, she tried to sit down when I asked to pick up her feet and go into flight mode at the slightest thing. I bought Shawna’s book “You can train you’re horse to do anything!” and watched some of her You Tube videos to get me started.It was clear in the first month that this was the way to go, but where and how ???
We were very lucky that Hannah, Rachel & Shawna launched Connection Training, I joined and it is the best money I have ever spent on my horsey education 🙂
Our progress has been amazing, we are in Spain so having an “in person” lesson isn’t possible, the coaching sessions, video lessons, Q&A’s, study groups, and videos have been invaluable to us.
Within 6 weeks of starting Connection Training, Segura was relaxed enough to lie down next to me on the ground – something which I had only ever dreamt about. As we worked more dreams turned into reality, Segura now lines up at the mounting block happily and I can get on either with the saddle or scramble on bareback. She is brilliant with her feet and very confident with strange objects in fact she HAS to go and investigate what something is now as opposed to flying round in circles.
I could write pages about our progress and the positive changes in our relationship, I have learnt so much and will carry on doing so, it is possible to learn via the internet and I encourage anyone to join Connection Training and the world of positive reinforcement, Hannah, Shawna & Rachel have so much to offer and other members are very supportive and encouraging too. All in all a very positive experience thank you with love from Claire & Segura x
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!
Getting help from Rachel via coaching calls has made a huge difference to my horses. The biggest thing has been a change in Muru’s mood, from being really over aroused to now where he is so much calmer about everything. The change in him has been amazing. My other horse Dazzle I’ve had for 23 years and this has been by far the best year for our relationship and the communication between us. All three of us are much more relaxed and having much more fun.
Well, I’m pretty sure this won’t come as a big surprise to any of you who have been using +R for any length of time or for those of you who use it under saddle but – Oh. Em. Geeeee!!! Today was Phoenix’s first ride back since last fall and the first time I have ever used a clicker whilst riding and all I can say is I am totally blown away!!!!! In the past our training had consisted of the “make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult” philosophy (yes, sadly, I drank the kool-aid)… but I swear today she learned more in 20 minutes than I ever got accomplished all last season – and all without stress!! I mean, I had a feeling it was going to be good but I had NO idea how good! And to say she was delighted to be getting treats along the way would be an understatement haha 😀 I will be sointerested to see how she reacts tomorrow when it’s time to work, I bet for the first time ever she will look actually forward to it. Man, this just feels amazing!! Cheers 🙂
Hi Hannah, Rachel and Shawna,
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the Connection Training website!
I particularly like the in-depth theory presentations and how you show different horses at different stages in their training. The structured courses and Study Groups have helped me focus and be more particular in my training.
All the best
Just have to say that I’m so grateful for the existence of Connection Training and all the people who share inspiration, information, questions and stories. It makes me feel encouraged in a horse-world where positive reïnforcement still feels a bit off-road sometimes. A big Thankyou!!
Had to share! Rode Stormy for the first time without lunging first, in a very gusty southerly wind that started early this morning. He was so focused on the clicks and next cue he didn’t even notice the wind at all. He forget he should have been on high alert due to fresh winds gusting by. So pleased with how our +R backing experience is going
Hi to all,
The Connection Training Centre opened at Cotijo de Segura in Spain in 2017. The Centre has rescued Spanish horses used for training courses.
Rachel presented on The Emotional Horse with Rachael Draaisma, author of Calming Signals for Horses.
Rachel presents on building your confidence with your horse.
We brought together people from all over the world in our Riding with Connection Conference, where we explored positive reinforcement techniques under saddle in everything from problem-solving, backing or starting youngsters to improving performance in dressage and jumping.
Shawna and Hannah filmed with Horse Hero on overcoming clipping fear, improving jumping technique in a young horse and using reward-based training under saddle.