Our stallion PIK Your Destiny has been offered up for sale and snapped up quickly by the absolute best of homes. Hard decision but once decided we’re very excited about it… We’ll miss the young fella but everything just fell into place.
Harmony is an off-the-track thoroughbred we rescued from Camden sales – she didn’t load then, came home on a truck. Since then we’ve done plenty of groundwork and, of course, plenty of clicker training.
We’ve now sold her but she’s remained on our property and we just love having the chance to still work with her.
Update – Harmony’s new owner sold her on, she’s now happily located in central west NSW.
So recently I have had a few comments made such as ‘Natural horsemanship and clicker training are stupid…’ ‘not necassary to use treats..’ ‘everyone should just use traditional methods of training…’ etc….. well…. I disagree!
Now I am not saying that the people who have made such comments are doing wrong by their horses for not using natural horsemanship methods, that is not my point, what I am trying to convey is that there are methods which work and have been used for many years as well as methods that have been used for many years that are questionable, but then there are also more modern methods which also work and quite often work better. Continue reading →
so few people actually really understand the true skill it takes to become a rider. So many think that we do just sit there. They don’t realize that equestrian sports are the most dangerous in the world. They don’t realize how one mistake could affect your entire life. My friend wanted to ride one of my horses and she said, “I doubt a fall would even hurt, I fell that off a table once and that didn’t hurt.” If someone tells you that, tell them to sit on top of the car while it goes 30 mph and jump off see if that hurts.
Using Clicker Training to teach a young horse Laterial Flexion. Starring Angel and Leslie Pavlich author of Clicker Training: Colt Starting the Natural Horse. Get a Copy at www.clickhorse.info from amazon.
When you move your horse during groundwork, don’t reward just an action. Look for relaxation rhythm and length of stride. Start with rewards for just a little of this and then build on it. When you ask your horse to move, especially backwards or sideways watch its expression. Don’t reward until it gives you a soft look. If it pins its ears and lifts its head keep going until it changes. Make the reward to either stop or do something that the horse finds easier.