Stand on a Mat with Clicker Training

Amanda presents the next video in the Horse Hero video series about Clicker Training for Horses

“Learning to stand on a mat has lots of benefits” says clicker trainer Amanda Martin. “The horse learns foot and body awareness, how to judge distances, balance better and stand square.” Amanda asks Tamsin to click and treat Marco for putting his front feet on the mat and also for backing off, as well as responding to her rope aids. Gradually, Marco has to work harder for his rewards and stand with his front feet square, then all four square. The pair progress to ‘ground tying’ where Marco is parked on the mat while Tamsin walks away. The aim is to build up the time and distance Tamsin is away from Marco, even leaving the school!

See clip of the video here and follow the link to see it in full on the horse Hero web site.

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