‘Fraidy Cats, Part Three, 7-29-20

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Leo is a feral cat that I’ve seen in my barn a few times over the years, mostly in winter.  I haven’t entertained his residence until this past winter because he and Ebony seemed to tolerate each other and because … Continue reading

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‘Fraidy Cats, Part Two, 7-29-20

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Lena came from a feral colony and was re-homed to me as a barn cat about four years ago, before I got Ebony.  She’s a calico who has a limp in her left hind. I got Lena when she was … Continue reading

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‘Fraidy Cats, Part One, 7-28-20

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Ebony is a barn cat that I got three or four years ago from a church friend.  Ebony was nine at the time and had spent all his life as an indoor-outdoor house cat.  He is now a full-time barn … Continue reading

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Finnian’s List

I have a long, long list of things to train Finnian to do.  So many things that I almost don’t know where to start.  I feel overwhelmed.  But certain circumstances have clued me in to the ones that seem to … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: Horse, Cat, Dog, 8-1-2019

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A collection of random thoughts about training: Diamond With Diamond the pony, most of my issues have to do with chaining extraneous behaviors in with the behavior I want. For example, I want to clean out her feet.  There is … Continue reading

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Pieces to the Puzzle, 4-2-19

This post is an essay on thinking through the basic pieces of what I want later and figuring out not only what those parts are, but how to train them. Atticus tends to walk in a downhill way – head … Continue reading

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Press Release, 10-19-2012

After some 30 years in the trade, we, here at LTR Perfect Analysts & Assoc., are sad to announce that the Proofreading Division has been permanently closed and all staff laid off.  The reason for this is diminishing, if not … Continue reading

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Trailer Loading Fiasco, 12-4-2012

Last Saturday, I intended to load Atticus up and take him to the second day of a clinic.  The clinic is very easy, we hardly get out of walk.  (We do trot, but I rarely canter in this one.  It’s … Continue reading

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Expectations in a New Environment, 3-10-19

Have you thought about why we need to train our animals in different locations all the time?  Why do we need to put “mileage” on a horse?  What does that mean, anyway?  Have you had behavior you thought was solid … Continue reading

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Management or Training? 7-9-2018

I‘ve been working my way through clicker training the horses as best I can but I still realize that I’m not really doing very well.  At least not in how I think about it.  I keep finding that I’m doing … Continue reading

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