Author Archives: Laurie Higgins

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".

Management or Training? 7-9-2018

I‘ve been working my way through clicker training the horses as best I can but I still realize that I’m not really doing very well.  At least not in how I think about it.  I keep finding that I’m doing … Continue reading

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Atticus and Trailer Loading Skills, 5-1-2018

It’s been a long time since I updated anyone on Atty’s progress with the trailer.  In fact, it’s been a long time since we even worked on it.  But I’ve had a few days to do so since I’ve also … Continue reading

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Diamond and the Trailer, 5-1-2018

As we continue to train for loading onto the trailer and, of course, to train getting OFF the trailer, Diamond and I did a couple more sessions today. I really like how she leads me by a good 20 feet … Continue reading

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Diamond and the Trailer II, 4-30-2018

This morning I had a narrow window of time in which to train, which is probably a good thing for me as I then can’t get stuck, greedy, or drill the horse to death!  It’s like making a good pie … Continue reading

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Diamond and the Trailer, 4-29-2018

Diamond seems to have balancing and coordination challenges.  Maybe proprioception problems.  Her feet get stuck in place and she often stands in a parked out way – all stretched out.  This makes it difficult to handle her back feet but … Continue reading

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Diamond Polishing II, 4-18-2018

I‘ve mentioned several times that Diamond seems to have balance issues and often her feet get stuck in a particular spot and she doesn’t seem to know that she can move those feet in order to balance.  Oftentimes she’s stretched … Continue reading

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Diamond Polishing – 4-18-2018

Diamond has really been making progress.  Or maybe I should say that I have.  Or something.  I do tend to get stuck on a particular behavior and I don’t want move on to a new behavior until I have what … Continue reading

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Diamond – More Progress – 4-10-2018

Now that the weather is getting somewhat warmer this week (it will be 75 by Friday!), I’ve been trying to train more with Diamond and with Atticus. Some of the things we’ve been working on is hind-end awareness – backing, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Diamond – Feeding Fast, Training Fast – 12-1-17

Diamond and I finally had a breakthrough.  I’ve been working with her for about six months, although not very much in the last several weeks as I was running for office and didn’t have a lot of time.  Now that … Continue reading

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