Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Clicker Training Session 3

The weather has turned so bad here that we had a months rainfall in 24 hours, we thought it would be a good idea to keep Trooper in at night now. He was getting really tired before and I rode him this morning and he had so much energy! I think he just needed a good rest! He still isn't wearing a rug in the field and we aren't going to clip him this year again. It was raining really hard yesterday so he got soaked but this morning he was really clean and shiny when I brushed him, I think the rain had washed a lot of the dust away.

I did another quick session of clicker training this morning. I went back to doing what we did in the first session (using a small container and staying in his stable). As he was quite lively this morning I thought it would be a good time to have a go. He was doing "touch" and "lift" with the container quite well. Sometimes when I said "touch" he was about to bite the container and then I clicked which made him stop. Because of this he was getting a bit confused distinguishing the two commands so I waited a second or two to make sure he wasn't going to lift the container in his mouth before I clicked. He was getting better at this towards the end. I think after another session he will have got the hang of this and I will have to start thinking of something else he can move on to do!

Love Laura


~Allison said...

Yay! Go Trooper! If you ever need ideas, I have a few for more clicker training, let me know!

Cute pics of him laying down, too :)

Mary Hunter said...

Nice to see that you are giving clicker training a try!

I've found that horses love it! It's great for training tricks and fun things and can be great for rainy or muddy days when one finds oneself stuck in the stall or barn aisle. I use it with our rescue horses and it really helps them to learn to trust people and that people are "safe" to interact with.

Nice to find your blog.



Laura said...

I will do! I would love to try him with one of those huge blow up exercise balls, they look fun!

Laura said...

Aww I think Trooper is enjoying it so far, I am enjoying it too!

Ruffles said...

Gorgeous photos! Sounds like the clicker training is coming along well.

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