Diamond’s Progress, 3-28-18

Recently, I’ve introduced a few new behaviors, designed to help me work with her hind feet.

One is that I’ve been shaping her to back onto a board with her back feet. I started by walking her forward onto the board with her front feet. Then backing onto the board with her front feet. Then forward with the back feet and now backward with the back feet.

Here are two videos, front feet on the board and back feet on the board:

Two is working with the pedestal. She already knows how to put her front feet on the pedestal going forward so we’ve been practicing stepping off going forward and then stepping back on going backward.  I started by luring her off the pedestal and clicking and reinforcing for that.  In this clip, however, you’ll see that I’m clicking and reinforcing for putting the foot back onto the pedestal.

Combining the work with the board to the pedestal, I put the board in front of the pedestal and asked her to back. She did that well and quickly. Then I switched to clicking when her right hind was in the air to see if I could get her to rest that foot on the pedestal. It worked! And that’s where we are with it now.

We’ve also been working along the fence line for movement and today I introduced standing next to the gate and targeting her hip or stifle to me so that we can start working in protected contact with the hind legs.

She seemed to pick up on the targeting of her hip to me fairly quickly!

New farrier on Friday! Everyone’s overdue.

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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