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Clicker Training for your Horse
The Click That Teaches: A Step By Step Guide in Pictures
The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker
NEW!! Revised Edition
The Click That Teaches
A Step By Step Guide
By Alexandra Kurland
Your Clicker Training ABCs
A comprehensive training guide.
Easy to follow pictures.
From Basics to advanced performance
"The Click That Teaches: A Step-By-Step Guide in Pictures" was originally published in 2003. Fifteen plus years later I have created a new revised edition. The format is the same, but I have packed even more into the pages. After fifteen years of teaching, I have more to say about all of the lessons. So here is a brand new book.
This comprehensive training guide will take you from clicker basics to advanced training. Even if you are a novice handler, you’ll find these step-by-step lessons easy to follow. They create a road map for developing a superstar performer and a great friend.
The book covers the three phases of developing a solid clicker-trained horse:
Phase 1: Clicker Basics:
Getting Started with the Clicker
The Six Foundation Lessons
Phase 2: Teaching the Universals.
Basic leading; grooming; foot care; accepting shots,
clippers and other husbandry tasks; bridling; trailering;
and other practical, every day skills
Phase 3: Performance Training - includes:
Advanced Leading Lessons for Safety and Performance,
including work-in hand and lateral work
Riding with the Clicker
Creating a Safe Horse: Alternatives to Punishment
Super Clicking: The Principles of Training and the Pre-Ride Checklist
A Horse’s Bill of Rights
Training Tips and Terms
This is the resource you are looking for to get you off to a great start with clicker training. The format is easy to follow. It is a blend of text and photos. It will give you a straight forward road map to follow while still treating your horse as a study of one.
The Click That Teaches
Riding with the Clicker
By Alexandra Kurland
What do all these beautiful horses have in common?
They're all clicker trained!
Learn how to:
Start your horse under saddle with the clicker
Solve training/riding problems
Keep your horse sound via riding
Develop a performance star!
The book first and foremost helps you develop a safe, fun riding partner - a horse who truly enjoys being ridden. That universal core prepares your horse for the individual riding activities you enjoy. The lessons are all built around an emphasis on good balance. Horses who learn to use their bodies well stay sounder longer. That's the bottom line goal of this book - long-term good balance and soundness. you can get there through riding. This book shows you how.
Riding with the Clicker gives you a training manual for the life of your horse: from clicker basics and getting started under saddle, to solving training problems and creating a safe, fun horse to ride, to developing spectacular performance that promotes good health in your horse - Clicker Training brings out the best in your horse!
The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker is a comprehensive training guide will take you from clicker basics to advanced performance. The book is divided into Six Sections:
Part 1: Clicker Basics: This section introduces you to the scientific principles behind clicker training. It shows you how to develop polite ground manners and emotional self-control in your horse.
Part 2: Before You Ride: This section shows you how to start a young horse under saddle. This is more than a nuts and bolts section. You'll see how training works in the real world - how training problems emerge and how clicker training solutions are found. Training a horse is not a matter of following "cook book" recipes. The best trainers are creative and responsive to the needs of each individual horse. You'll learn how to use clicker training to prepare a youngster for riding - how to teach him the emotional self-control and physical balance he'll need to be a great riding horse.
Part 3: Riding with the Clicker: Riding with the clicker is very much like taking apart a jig saw puzzle and then putting it back together again. You're taking apart your horse's training piece by piece. Only instead of reassembling the original picture, you'll be building it back better and stronger than it was before.
Safety, safety, safety - Safety always comes first. This section introduces you to the techniques of single rein riding. It gives you two powerful exercises that can help you stop bolting, bucking, spooking and rearing - in other words, to stop the major behavior problems that take the fun out of riding.
Part 4 Training Exercises for the Rider: Riding Excellence is built on a foundation of body awareness. These simple exercises allow you to become a "Centaur", exploring your horse's balance through the "t'ai chi walk".
Part 5 Single-Rein Riding and the Building Blocks of Excellence: The previous sections showed you how to take apart your horse's training, to make sure each of the critical responses was working well. In this section you'll begin to reassemble the pieces through a series of patterned exercises.
Lessons covered include: the "why would you leave me?" game, jaw flexions, three-flip-three: the foundation of lateral work, move-counter move, hip-shoulder-shoulder to create collected stops, collected gaits, the "300 peck pigeon" lesson under saddle, the "hotwalker" lesson to build perfect circles, the school figures: rollbacks, half turns, half-turns-in-reverse, diagonals and reverse-arc circles - the foundation lessons for upper-leverl performance. Don't worry if this sounds as though this is some secret code. The
Part 6 Riding for Performance: This final section shows you how to connect all the training steps to create an upper-level performance horse.
Author's note: When I'm asked which book someone should get, I recommend that people begin with The Click That Teaches: A Step By Step Guide in Pictures or Clicker Training for your Horse. These give you a great start in clicker training. The emphasis in those books is primarily on ground work. The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker.
The riding book gives you a review of clicker basics, but I am very much making the assumption that you have worked through the lessons presented in the previous books and the foundation lesson presented in Lessons 1- 4 of the DVDS. That is the preparation you'll need to get the most value from the riding book.
And speaking of value, I know many of you may be concerned about the price. The Riding book was ten years in the making and it is packed from cover to cover. This is a book you will read many times, and each time you revisit it, you will discover things you did not see before. It truly is a book in which you'll be wondering how I managed to download so much fresh material into your hard copy!
Clicker training breaks every lesson down into small steps. That is its great strength. Riding with the clicker is no exception. This book teases apart what we all thought were the beginning steps of riding and shows you a whole new layer. What emerges first is riding safety. You'll learn how to manage all those issues that take the fun out of being around horses: behaviors such as rearing, spooking, bucking.
The same lessons that help you manage the reactive horse, perfected take to advanced performance. And the beauty of this process is you are always learning just one small step at a time. So you may have all the "I'm just a . . . " thoughts: "I'm just a beginner, I could never learn that; "I'm just a trail rider, I could never do that"; etc.. But break the riding process down into enough small steps, and you'll be amazed at what you and your horse will be able to do together.
Alexandra Kurland (written 2011, updated 2019 - These books and the material in this web site stand the test of time.)
For Your Horse
By Alexandra Kurland
"Clicker Training for your Horse" was the first resource for clicker training horses. It was published in 1998. Before that there were individuals who were familiar with clicker training and used it with their horses. But there were no resources available in the horse world to help you get started. And there was no organized training program to take you from clicker training basics to advanced performance. All that changed with the publication of this book and all the other books, DVDs, articles, clinics, conference presentations, webinars, and podcasts that have followed.
Published in 1998 this book is packed with fifteen years of teaching and riding experience. It's a comprehensive course on training, problem solving, riding, and, oh yes, that funny new stuff, clicker training.
The book covers:
background information on clicker training and operant conditioning
a step-by-step guide on introducing your horse to the clicker
goal setting and how to develop a lesson plan
basic handling and problem solving
overcoming fear issues
a large section on foals
ground manners for the older horse
dressage for the clicker horse
a guide to handling aggressive horses
riding with the clicker
the training game and much more
"Clicker Training for your Horse" is the clearest outline of training's
common-sense guidelines I have ever encountered. It is *VERY* clear,
and applicable to any type of training. - Panda Meeker
My advice: read the book! I've kept horses for 17 years now, and after
reading this book my spontaneous reaction was that it is the best book
on training that I've ever read - and I've read a lot.
- Kina Molitor, Sweden
Author's note: Clicker Training for Your Horse was the first reference on clicker training in the horse world. My goal with the training is to help people become self directed learners, to be able to become their own trainers and problem solvers.
Clicker Training for your Horse introduces you to clicker training. I begin the book with some background information and explain how to get started with the clicker. Then I share a series of stories to illustrate basic training principles and to show you how to solve real world problems.
The overall training goal is to develop safe, well mannered horses who are a joy to be around. And it is also to ride - but it is riding with a difference. Years ago I had one of those life changing experiences. I sat on a truly well-trained, beautifully balanced horse. I had never experienced anything like it. I could have ridden for a life time and never imagined that horses could feel like this. My goal in riding is to recapture that experience in my own horses and to share it with others. That's an important goal because this style of riding does more than create feels-like-heaven horses. It helps them to stay sound through decades of riding use.
Through clicker training we develop amazing relationships with our horses. They become family. So it's all the more important that we help them stay comfortable and sound as we ask them to work for us.
Clicker Training for your Horse has been joined by two other books. I'm often asked which book to start with. I'd love to say: get them all, but I understand about limited budgets and time, so here's my general answer:
The books were all designed to compliment one another. Clicker Training for your Horse and The Click That Teaches: A Step-By-Step Guide in Pictures are both starter books, but they cover the material in different ways. Clicker Training for your Horse uses more stories. It shows you how clicker training can be used in complex, real world situations. And it helps you learn how to think like a clicker trainer. That's an important key to the book. I want to develop riders who can be their own problem solvers.
The Step By Step Guide in Pictures begins at the same starting point: introducing you to clicker training and showing you how to get started, but it presents the material in a series of short lessons. You'll work your way through the foundation lessons, followed by a series of practical applications for the clicker and then on to the common goal of riding.
The original edition was revised in 2019. This current edition is a new book. Over the fifteen years since the original publication date, I've learned a lot more about all the lessons. There are more details, more steps that are important, so I've packed even more into these pages.
Whichever book you choose to begin with, you will be off to a great start. When you have worked through the lessons in these foundation books, you'll be ready for the third book in the series: The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker.