Problems

Watch our video on how we approach behavioural problems in horses.

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.

Think of any common problems you have with your horse? . . . Then click here

Any of these seem familiar?

Won’t be tied

Can’t load

Head shy

Kicking

Aggression

Separation Anxiety

Can’t Catch

Shying

Planting

Refusing to stand for farrier

Bolting

Bucking

Barging

Door Banging

Horse won’t go Forwards

Rearing

Biting

Difficulty Tacking-Up

Refusing to Jump

Won’t Stand for Mounting

Difficulty Leading



The list could reach into the 100’s

 

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:

1 Bargey Horse
Teach the horse to move away from pressure on his shoulder – put your hand on his shoulder and click and treat any movement away from your hand. Build this up until you get a full step. Start to ask for it in walk when leading your horse. Do it all the time, everywhere – in the stable, at gates, in the school, at teatime, when tacking up until it’s really easy and fun for both you and your horse. Very quickly, you’ll have a horse who is keen to move his shoulder away from you when you ask. Every time.

2 Spooky Horse
Bomb Proofing Your HorseTeach your horse to touch things with his nose when you ask (targeting) and start to make the targets increasingly spooky – such as bottle, brush, hat, plastic bag, umbrella, balloon, tractor etc. Click and treat your horse for staying calm and touching the objects you ask. Soon your horse will see potentially scary objects as fun targets to touch instead and won’t spook at them.

3 Aggression Around Buckets
Teach your horse to put his ears forward when you ask – begin to click and treat any tiny movement forward of an ear. Build this up until you can get both ears forward. Ask for ears forward while holding a bucket (maybe start on the other side of a stable door to begin with), gradually moving closer to your horse, clicking and treating for him keeping his ears forward. Soon you will have a horse who pricks his ears when you approach with the bucket, instead of scowling and getting aggressive.

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.

 

Clix Connection gives YOU the skills to

1. Get rid of existing problems, easily and safely;

2. Prevent new problems by careful, consistent, horse-centred training, and

3. Track down the source of new problems through careful observation which is part and parcel of the Clix Connection process.

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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!

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