Teaching Lateral Moves with the Clicker
Before it got too cold and damp we have been trying to get some video of some clicker training in action. My 2 horses are at very different stages of their training (due to their age) and due to their very different natures they also have learned Alexandra Kurlands foundation lessons in different orders. As such, they are great fun to work with and bring their own puzzles to the training.
Here is a video of my 4-year-old practicing 3-flip-3. He is still in the early stages and is not a horse to be rushed through detail. He needs to understand each step well before we can move on. You will see that he starts out with some nice “why would you leave me” with a jaw flexion and this progresses to some steps of 3-flip-3.
We also use the mat as a reinforcer and you get to see him do some very sweet poses on his mat (which you can’t see for the grass…trust me it’s there :-)) and you will also see a hip-shoulder-shoulder in there.
It was just a shame that the farm dog decided to join us that day…he really does give Brody a hard time nipping at his heels. Despite that, Brody does some very nice work.
I hope you enjoy this short clip.
If you would like to find out how to get your horse started with lateral work, Alexandra Kurlands 3-flip-3 DVD is a valuable resource.