Atty Backs out of the Trailer on Cue, 4-3-13

Atty is such the star! 🙂

This session with the trailer lasted only 13 minutes. Before going to the trailer, we practiced backing on the transitional cue of “pickles” and a light tail hair tug.

After being on the trailer for four minutes, he backed off and got right back on again. I think he backed off because of my movement. At 4:07 he backed off and got back on again after I rattled the butt bar. I then reviewed my body language cue for standing (my turning away). At least once I touched his hock, clicked, and treated.

At 6:15 and 6:30 in he got off and back on again both times. Once was after I rattled the butt bar and the second was because of my movement again. We reviewed standing again.

At 10:15 (shown) I put of the butt bar. He backed into it and leaned forward. I clicked and went forward to treat, leaving the butt bar up. At 11:18 I took the butt bar down and he stayed on. At 11:54 into the session, I asked for him to back up using my transitional cue of “pickles” and a light tail hair tug. He backed off on cue! First time with success!

At some point in the process, I realized that he only got a Stud Muffin for getting on the trailer, but not for staying on. At least once, I rewarded him with a Stud Muffin for staying on a long time.

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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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