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Bits

Bits
I was watching a discussion on another group – a cute video of a girl riding a cow (I have a lot to say about that video but not for this discussion). Everyone was talking about how back in the day, when horses were only for the rich people rode all sorts of other animals, cows, llamas, camels and so on. But they were discussing how they never used bits with those animals, so how and why did we develop this tool for horses? Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Clicker Training, Ethics

Relationship Goals

Relationship Goals
Many of us equine-enthusiasts strive for what we consider a special relationship with our ‘heart horse’…
We have millions of definitions, descriptions, stories and romantic ideas of what this “relationship” should be or look like. A common image is a horse and human riding together in a whimsical setting, with no tack or tools to bind them, just two souls connected by the heart. We dream of clear communication letting our horses know exactly what we want from then and when, creating beautiful, dance-like riding. We also dream of a horse who has the self-created desire to comply. The horse who wants to do what we ask, for no other reason than their love for us, their beloved human.

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Posted by Jessica in Care and Management, Clicker Training

Stand Facing Forward

Stand Facing Forward
So since I started working with R+ with horses I have been teaching all my horses to “stand still facing forward” as the first behavior I teach when going into full contact. This teaches them a safe default behavior. Usually the first couple behaviors we teach remain the strongest and the most likely the horse will go to when they’re unsure. So this safe and calm behavior is perfect as our natural default. Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Clicker Training