Backing onto a Mat, continued:

I did practice backing onto a mat with Atticus both yesterday and today. Yesterday was frustrating for some reason. I had to help him more than I wanted to, but he did need some direction or he got frustrated. Still, I tried to end on a good note.

Today, however, was fantastic! We went into the driveway and he started to graze a little. But when I went to walk past him, he picked up his head and walked toward the mat.

In all previous sessions, he has checked out the trailer first. This time, as I stopped about 10 or 12 feet from the mat, he turned to face me and immediately began to back up. He got it on the first try! We did a couple more, including one where he volunteered to correct his course (sideways) on his own. Then I gave him a Stud Muffin for an excellent effort (both hinds on the mat). I switched sides and he did very, very well again! Another Stud Muffin and we were done.

I had to target him out, though. I don’t think he wanted to be done so soon. 🙂

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About Laurie Higgins

I play with clicker training - with my horses, dogs, and cats. I also attempt to grow vegetables with the hope of one day being able to feed my family from my garden. My daughter and I are learning ballroom dancing. Well, we were. But she left me for a paying horse job, so now my husband and I are learning ballroom dancing. I'm also now helping Peggy Hogan, of Clicker Training Horses (and The Best Whisper is a Click) to teach people how to train their own horses using "clicker training".
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