2 Widespread Errors in Clicker Coaching Horses

The environment influences our behaviour! Everyone knows that and use that truth on a regular basis clicker coaching our horses. How does your surroundings profit you?

We arrange our horses for achievement on a regular basis. We current a goal (surroundings) to our horse, so he can contact it!

We train our horses to not mug us once we’re coaching with meals. The meals in our pockets and our presence turns into the ‘On’ change for Studying, for our horses.

Your horse begins to suppose what behaviour does result in treats? They work out in minutes that mugging shouldn’t be the reply anymore.

After just a few clicker coaching minutes your horse is already considering “How can I affect my surroundings [the treats] with my behaviour?” . We modified the educational surroundings for our horses and helped him study quick with constructive reinforcement (R+).

You already know and skilled that the surroundings performs a large function on the behaviour and studying strategy of your horse.

But, I nonetheless see so many people fall again on unfavourable reinforcement-thinking and subsequently struggling vastly with utilizing clicker coaching successfully. I’ll elaborate on that under.

Pondering mistake #1

That is while you get begin considering that clicker coaching perhaps takes longer than unfavourable reinforcement… NO!

Unfaithful! Once you fall into this considering mistake, it’s since you attempt to use constructive reinforcement in a unfavourable reinforcement surroundings! Or making an attempt to make use of a software in your clicker coaching that’s designed for R-!

Have you ever ever consciously modified your individual surroundings to boost your clicker coaching? Clicker coaching may be pointless tough and onerous when your complete surroundings is about up to achieve success as unfavourable reinforcement coach! It’s making an attempt to suit a spherical peg right into a sq. gap.

set YOURSELF up for achievement

Change your surroundings!


You’ve in all probability already completed it previously. Once you

  • Went to a clicker clinic. You surrounded your self with likeminded folks and emerged your self in constructive reinforcement strategy/considering.

Do you bear in mind how a lot you realized in only one weekend? That’s the ability of your surroundings! It’s simple to clicker prepare your horse and to consider new R+ approaches when everybody else is providing you with constructive enter and concepts! Once you see different girls clicker coaching their horses efficiently, it evokes and will get your inventive constructive reinforcement juices flowing!

  • Watched movies about clicker coaching simply earlier than you went to your horse.

You’ve modified your (inside!) surroundings and it sparked concepts and motivated you to do the identical.

  • Spoke with one other clicker coach, or a buddy and also you mentioned your wrestle. You bought new insights of fixing your wrestle and obtained your momentum again.

By making a distance ( your wrestle, problem or downside) from a special angle, it was doable to consider a special strategy.

Sounds acquainted?

What retains you struggling in clicker coaching your horse

Usually the reply is: Your surroundings!


Pondering mistake #2

Once you attempt to use constructive reinforcement utilizing unfavourable reinforcement coaching instruments (surroundings)! You set your self up for FAILURE!

Spherical pen

You utilize a spherical pen to train your horse with constructive reinforcement and you may’t get your horse shifting successfully and burning energy. Why is that?

A spherical pen is purposefully designed to chase a horse a-spherical! There aren’t any corners to flee.

Have you ever ever observed that horses discover the corners of the sector while you chase him round? They modify course: they need to have a alternative and attempt to affect their surroundings: your behaviour!

Damaging reinforcement trainers struggled with that downside, so that they took out the corners! They made the pen so small they may attain the horse at any time, in anyplace in an effort to apply the aversive (ache, the specter of ache/damage) successfully. They wanted to succeed in the horse with their whip, coaching stick, carrot stick, the ‘extension of their arm’, rope or no matter software they’re utilizing to make the horse transfer.

A spherical pen is designed to chase the horse round, with out an escape. It’s designed to ‘train’ the horse that there’s just one reply doable: go ahead till the coach says in any other case!

Now, while you don’t notice that and also you need (anticipate) the identical outcome utilizing constructive reinforcement, you’re setting your self up for failure!

You may’t be as profitable in clicker coaching in the event you’re making an attempt to make use of a coaching software that’s designed to create success with R-! It’s important to consider methods to design constructive reinforcement instruments and use the surroundings to help your coaching methodology. The one that invented the reverse spherical pen was properly on her approach!

Coaching instruments, methods and other people

Choosing the proper software for the job is detrimental for you success! The higher your instruments, methods and other people you encompass your self with, the higher outcomes you get!

R+ Instruments & Methods

This can be a half most clicker trainers do already very well: they use targets, mats, meals reinforcers and bridge alerts (click on).

Do you’ve got the help you want, to suppose extra like a constructive reinforcement coach?

Pondering Mistake #3

Pondering you possibly can change conventional horse folks to see the advantages of clicker coaching… Reality is: you possibly can’t change anybody! You may solely change your self. Making an attempt to persuade R- trainers of constructive reinforcement may be very onerous and sometimes unimaginable. Cease doing it, it would drain your vitality. As an alternative give attention to discovering higher folks to spent your time with.

Encompass your self with Constructive Folks!

This appears like an open door! But, so many individuals encompass themselves with unsupportive folks. Then they inform themselves they will’t do something about it, and again that up with an excuse (“There aren’t any clicker trainers or barns in my space”). Now they’re actually caught! They get very sad, typically even determined. I’ve seen folks severely spiral down from there. They begin doubting themselves or their strategy. They begin to suppose clicker coaching isn’t one of the best ways. Don’t let that occur to you!

Are your barn folks supportive?

Certainly one of my shoppers boarded her horses in a really conventional boarding facility. Quaint cowboy strategies, like tying up 2-year previous horses of their stall for hours to ‘train them to be tied up’- form of methods. It was very onerous for her to clicker prepare her horses in that surroundings as a result of the ‘norm’ was to be abusive and use coercion to get issues completed. They weren’t solely abusive to their horses, but in addition to her!

They informed her that she was a nasty horse proprietor, not an actual horse individual and that she was spoiling and ruining her teen with treats and comfortable approaches. That it was time to place a saddle on her horse and cease being a pussy.

No marvel, it was a wrestle for her to clicker prepare her horses. She was at all times frightened that she would run into different folks on the barn. That somebody would watch her and commented. As a result of they did… On a regular basis!. I used to be horrified to listen to how they crapped on her coaching. It was verbally abusive! Not supportive in any respect.

Do you keep away from clicker coaching when individuals are round?

It was additional onerous on her as a result of she already was already a bit insecure (who isn’t typically?). She was comparatively new to being a horse proprietor. She’s in her forties and purchased her first horse solely two years in the past. She’s not an individual ‘who grew up with horses’. And she or he was additionally new to clicker coaching. Nonetheless she did such a very good job clicker coaching her horses! Her outcomes spoke for itself.


If in case you have folks in your surroundings commenting negatively in your clicker coaching and your strategy, ask your self how one can encompass your self with higher folks!

When my shopper grew to become part of my R+ neighborhood (the HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy) she typically expressed her mitigation of being in a supportive, uplifting and constructive surroundings the place folks believed in her and her strategy!

She leaped ahead and developed her clicker coaching abilities inside a 12 months. It was a pleasure to look at her evolve and she or he her enhance her horses behaviours! Ultimately she moved her horses to a special boarding facility.

Are you able to think about the way it’s like, to dread going to the barn each, single day? Are you able to see how this can intervene along with your happiness of being a horse proprietor? The way it will intervene along with your clicker coaching? How this can stop having fun with your horse and having enjoyable coaching and driving? In any case, we have now horses to counterpoint our lives, proper?

Change your surroundings, change your consequence

  • Use or design a coaching surroundings and instruments that help and improve constructive reinforcement! For instance use a reverse spherical pen (and even higher the HippoLogic Reverse Rectangle) to train your horse
  • Change your inside surroundings (concepts, options, approaches) by watching clicker coaching movies and/or trainers or talk about your coaching with different constructive reinforcement trainers earlier than your coaching in order that thinking like a constructive reinforcement coach turns into your behavior.
  • Discover a tribe that evokes you! They’ll be a every day reminder to maintain going with R+!
  • Encompass your self with constructive folks, who help you and respect you and your R+ coaching! Let go of Debby Downers and Damaging Nancy’s!

Are you a compassionate horse proprietor who likes to study and want to get private teaching in a bunch? Do you need to have entry to on-line clicker coaching programs and a superb, supportive R+ neighborhood, then be a part of our HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy. Try the hyperlink!

Or begin with a free clicker coaching evaluation to get style of what it feels prefer to work with me. Uncover your robust factors and weaker factors in coaching (when you have some) in order that you understand what to focus extra on, in an effort to get the outcomes you need. 

After your evaluation you’ve got a transparent plan and know precisely what the next step shall be in an effort to accomplish your dream behaviours along with your horse. E book right here

Pleased Horse coaching!
Sandra Poppema, B.Sc., founding father of HippoLogic & HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy
HippoLogic Clicker Training Academy transforms horsewomen into clicker trainsters

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