Diamond and Hoof Handling, 7-21-17

Since my last blog, Diamond and I have backed up to a point where I thought she was successful.  And she is, as long as I stay with the right front.  I have, after all, spent more time with that foot.

We’re now spending more time with the left front and I’ve been experimenting with ways to isolate what I want while keeping the “ghost” behaviors to a minimum and not trigger pawing.

I tried staying with just one foot and only doing three reps at a time.  I’ve tried walking her away from the wash rack as a break.  I’ve tried switching sides after each three-rep session.  I finally went back to a form of feeding her forward after clicking her for stepping backward.  This seems to work the best.  I think we’re finally on the right track.  Here’s a short clip of how we’ve been practicing.


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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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