Icelandic Horse Connection

Clicker Training Horses

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This video is fairly self-explanatory. This is an Icelandic Horse gelding, who had some training experiences that were not so good.

This is his first clicker training session. Prior to this particular clip, we "charged" the clicker for him, and he learned how to target.

You can see that he feels as tho he's figured out how to turn on the vending machine!

Also, just prior to this clip, he went through a short mugging stage, where he wanted to go directly to the treat (in the fanny pack), rather than touch the target, but he got over that pretty quickly.

Clicker training can help horses that have had bad training experiences.

It is believed that it helps to change the brain chemistry, which is a good thing for horses who have been soured on humans.

Check out the following pages:

[] Amygdala: the Neurophysiology of Clicker Training,

[] How The Horse's Brain Works;

[] and also The Brain's Ability to Change.

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