How to Worm Your Horse
No Fuss ! No Force !
I’m often asked what you can teach with clicker training. The answer quite simply is ‘anything you want !’. Once you understand the basic principles the sky is the limit.
Set yourself a clear training plan, check in with the 10 Laws of Shaping Behaviours (Karen Pryor, Don’t Shoot the Dog !’) and just have fun.
Having a battle with a horse to get something done is not conducive to a good relationship with your horse. It makes life so much easier for you and your horse when your horse thinks what you are doing is fun. They learn to trust you more and your relationship will flourish.
I’ve already shared some video of how to make bridling a horse fun by teaching them to accept the bridle with no fuss and no force (watch bridling video) and I showed you the result of ‘Capture the Saddle’ (watch mounting video). I thought it would be fun to share some video of teaching a horse to accept wormer paste with no fuss and no force as well.
No horse really likes wormer paste, and if they have already experienced the taste then it can make life very hard when you need to get that paste in to them. Instead, let’s make it their idea…don’t take the wormer to them, ask them to come to the wormer.
I hope you enjoy the video. And as always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to share them or contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you prefer.
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