“Let’s Like the Halter” Training

Maasa does a great job with Jackson.

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Hello, everyone!

This is my first blog post! I hope you enjoy it!

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The training I worked on with Jackson last year was mostly halter training.

For some horses, being haltered is aversive.

I think there are many reasons for being afraid of the halter, e.g. the experience of being haltered, the sound, the feel of the nose band and/or strap that goes above their poll/head etc.

Jackson was such a horse that walked away immediately when he saw me approach him with a halter.

Halter training is something horses have to learn, and I wanted to provide the learning with the use of positive reinforcement.

Being haltered is not something you are afraid of, but something that has function to your environment to have desired outcome, or being haltered is a way to get what you want!

Through systematic desensitization and positive reinforcement with constructional approach, I could change…

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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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