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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am sure everyone is busy with last minute wrapping and organising for tomorrow’s festivities. However, in a day or two from now we will wonder what all the fuss was about, because ultimately Christmas is all about being close … Continue reading

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Inspirational Quote

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being” Hafiz NB: This image is one I captured of my most favourite and loved places in the UK – Blue Anchor … Continue reading

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Finland speaks out about violence and coercion in equine training

Helsinki Humane Society HESY Ry Asks Horse Industry to Abandon Violent Training Methods Shared from eurodressage – http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2012/10/20/helsinki-humane-society-hesy-ry-asks-horse-industry-abandon-violent-training-methods “The Helsinki Society for Animal Protection (HESY ry) along with certain horse industry professionals are concerned about the violence and coercion used … Continue reading

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The Power of Positive Thinking

I literally exploded out of the start gates at the beginning of this year. Quite how it is nearly August already, I honestly don’t know! It’s been absolutely fabulous, I am loving every moment! However, I always find it ironic that during these periods … Continue reading

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Relaxation, softness and attitude

I recently had the privilege of spending a long weekend as part of an incredible group of clicker trainers at an Advanced Clicker Training Clinic with Shawna Karrasch of On Target Training. The over-riding theme which ran through the whole weekend was the relaxation, … Continue reading

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Inspirational thoughts for the weekend

I just came across this inspiring excerpt on another clicker trainers blog site, so thought I would share it. Charles de Kunffy has some wonderful inspirational thoughts in his books. Excerpt from The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse by Charles … Continue reading

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The 10 Laws of Shaping Behaviours

Once you are underway with clicker training (positive reinforcement) you can teach your horse to do anything you can think of! However, there are some rules that are useful to be aware of during training. These rules were defined by … Continue reading

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What exactly is a poisoned cue?

The term ‘poisoned cue’ is used much more frequently these days. Whilst that is in itself fabulous, unfortunately it’s true meaning seems to have become a little misunderstood along the way. Many individuals are using the term incorrectly to describe any anxiety related behaviour the … Continue reading

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Do I have to?

Recently on one of the forum’s I frequent, the question arose as to whether or not there is an element of horses “having to” do what they are being asked when we train with the clicker.  As I am sure you can imagine, … Continue reading

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Exploring collection at liberty

Dancer and I both really enjoy working at liberty. I have spent a lot of time exploring and playing with our balance at liberty, working on strengthening my cues and getting behaviours solidly under stimulus control. As such I have been focussing on exercises such … Continue reading

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