Behavioural problems arise for all sorts of reasons:
NOT THIS AGAIN!
Sometimes it is because of something which has happened to them in the past, for example a horse which is head shy due to being ear twitched or is aggressive when being tacked up due to an ill-fitting and painful saddle from their past.
THAT COULD REALLY HURT ME!!
Sometimes they express fear or pain because of what is happening to them in that moment, for example when you are having difficulty tending to a wound or they are spooking at a plastic bag blowing in the hedge.
YOU WANT ME TO WHAT????
Sometimes it’s due to confusion – so many things we ask of horses are completey unnatural to them, so it’s no wonder they get confused, stubborn, frightened etc. For example, loading into a small dark box and leaving his herd.
WELL . . . IF YOU SAY SO?
Sometimes it’s due to a lack of, or bad, training, which has reinforced the horse for barging or agression etc, for example, the horse which puts its ears back at teatime, so the humans give him his bucket as fast as possible and then leave the stable.
Every one of these problems can be eliminated with Clix Connection. Our approach is to break down the behaviour into tiny steps and reward the horse for moving towards the behaviour we’re looking for.
Here are some examples of how to use clicker training to solve problems in a calm and stress-free way:
We see that what we must help horses to learn is “unnatural horsemanship”. The natural stuff they’re born with or other horses teach them. What we want is so outside their natural thinking it can only be taught patiently and diligently.
We retrain these problem behaviours until they are clear, fun and easy for both you and your horse. We don’t use bribery or force, instead we are looking for understanding and moves in the right direction. Often, the behaviours which started out as the biggest problems become the easiest and most fun behaviours for you and your horse when using this method!
Clix Connection is a holistic approach, so we only retrain these problem behaviours when other causes have been ruled out, primarily pain. This involves getting tack checked and getting a reputable body worker out to see your horse.
In Clix College we have a wide range of videos looking at the majority of problems horse owners come across. Our careful method, looking at common issues right from the start, teaches you to be a consistent, clear and rewarding trainer for your horse. You get support with our Clix forum, access to lots of like-minded people to share your training story with. We provide on-line seminars and you can email problems and questions to us. You can access video consultations or come and join us in person on a course.
Our promise is to do everything we can to ensure that your training is successful. It’s the least your horse expects from us, because your horse is worth it!