Atty on the Trailer with the Back Closed, 4-25-13

Dang! Today’s video of Atty’s trailer loading practice is complete trash because the sun affected what the camera decided to focus on! It’s like trying to look at something through stained glass! 😦

So the description is this: I loaded him to eat his breakfast, which was already in the hay bag, intending to leave him in for ten minutes.

Since I was behind him as he loaded, I hooked up the butt bar and closed the door. I could see in the video that he wasn’t too bothered by this, but at about 3 min. in, he started showing a little white in his eye and targeted the boat bumper on his own. The white eye went away fairly quickly.

At 5 min. in, he backed up to the butt bar, and again at about 7 min. in.

At 8:17, I walk toward the back of the trailer, he backed with me, I stopped, he stopped. He was definitely watching me. I came back to him and I had him target the boat bumper.

At 9:48, he snorted and blew his breakfast all the book I was reading! Thanks, bud.

At 10:30, he seemed to get a bit agitated.

At 10:50, I got up from my chair and book and walked back to open the door. I then walked up front to treat him and have him target the boat bumper. I used pieces of Stud Muffin for this. This is where the video became useless. 😦

Then I walked back and was going to unhook the butt bar, but he had backed into it, so I rattled it instead. I walked up front to target him and treat with pieces of SM.

Then I walked back again to unhook the butt bar. He stayed put, and I walked up front to treat and target.

Then I walked back one more time intending to ask him to back out. He started to back as I got into position, so I added the cue. He stepped forward. I cued the back again and he backed one step and then stepped forward again. I cued a third time, and this time he committed to backing out.

He was released to eat grass. 🙂


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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