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Changing forever the way we train horses.
The Panda Project

In September of 2001 I began training Panda, a nine month old miniature horse, to be a guide for the blind. In June of 2003 at two and a half years of age, Panda was turned over to her owner, Ann Edie. She is now a working guide. In fact, as I update this introduction, it is now 2011. Panda had her tenth birthday in January. If she were a dog, Ann would now be looking ahead to her retirement, but at ten Panda is still a very young horse. Hopefully she will have many more years of service ahead of her.
Panda and her owner, Ann Edie, at the New York State Library
Panda is napping on the job!  Exactly what she should be doing while we enjoy a day out.
Photos by Neil Soderstrom  Copyright 2003

These reports begin with a mission statement written by Ann Edie.  It describes our purpose for training a horse to be a guide: the questions we had, and the overall intent of our project.

The Training Reports cover Panda’s training and were written at the time of the events described.

I have included several reports written by Ann Edie as Panda made the transition into full work.  And I have added several periodic updates.  See the index below for links to all of these pages.

In addition, Panda is featured in the following DVDS in the "Click That Teaches" Lesson series:

An Introduction to Clicker Training
Lesson 4: Stimulus Control
Lesson 18: Loopy Training

You can also read about Panda in:
Panda A Guide For Ann 
This is a children's book written by Rosanna Hansen with Photos by Neil Soderstrom

Panda Project Reports
Panda Project Mission Statement by Ann Edie

Report 1: Basic Training Sept. 2001 by Alexandra Kurland

Report 2: Panda is Guiding! Oct. 2001-Nov. 2001 by Alexandra Kurland

Report 3: Our First Winter Dec. 2001- Feb. 2002 by Alexandra Kurland

Report 4: Climbing to New Heights: Spring 2003 by Alexandra Kurland

Report 5: The Transition to Guide Work by Alexandra Kurland

Report 6: More Panda Reports by Ann Edie

Report 7: Interim Report by Ann Edie

Report 8: A Panda Update: January 2009

Panda Project Photo and Video Gallery

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