Do you have a horse that is calm and relaxed? A horse that comes happily to you in the field, helps to put on his own bridle, stands quietly for mounting and loads easily into a trailer? In other words, do you have a horse that is mannerly, a pleasure to handle and a dream to ride? If you don’t, then clicker training can be the solution for you and your horse……So, what is it?
Clicker training uses a sound (the ‘click’ in clicker training) as a signal to the horse that he has done the correct behaviour. In other words, it says to the horse “Yes! That is what I want, here comes a reward!” The clicker, therefore, works well to “bridge” the gap between the desired behaviour and the reward. The reward is anything the horse is prepared to work for, that is payment for the job done. It can be scratches or rubs but most frequently food rewards are used.
If you’ve ever played the children’s game where you were directed to a place or object by a friend saying you were warm or cold, then you have an idea of the basics of clicker training. This is the simple explanation. To learn more click here
The Irish Clicker Centre is located in Kerry on the shores of Tralee Bay. The purpose of the Centre is to develop and encourage clicker training for horses in Ireland. We want to help people to learn the skills to work with their horses in a fun and positive atmosphere. Clicker training offers the opportunity of a happy learning experience for both horses and humans.
You can also learn about clicker training via The Click That Teaches online course.