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".

Diamond’s Journey, Days 5 & 6, 5-22-2017

Day 5: Sunday and, because of my schedule, we all took the day off training. Day 6: Monday and it’s raining.  While on one hand I don’t think Diamond would be bothered by rain all that much since she must … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Journey, Day 4 – 5-20-17

I love latent learning.  I love that I can wake up in the morning, go out to train, and find that the student has learned what to do overnight. Miss D certainly seems to have figured out a few things … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Journey, Days 2 and 3 – 5-19-17

Day 1: The first day Diamond was here was only in the evening and overnight.  I just let her be in the “lane” next to my barn and paddock.  The boys, Atty and Ollie, could be next to her separated … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Journey, Day 1 – 5-18-17

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Recently, I was asked if I would foster a horse for someone and I said, “Yes.”  I agreed only because I was asked by someone I knew through social media and in person. To be honest, had I just run across a … Continue reading

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Reasonable Expectations – 4-27-2017

There is a quote that I like:  Expectation is premeditated disappointment.  (I would love to give credit to whomever said it first in that way, but I can’t find that source.) This quote reminds me often that I must have … Continue reading

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Deadly Trust

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Stoopid Hooman! 2-4-2017

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This is more of a collection of thoughts that seem to be related rather than a fully fleshed out essay.  Please bear with me. The most recent event on this journey of clicker training was noticing that my dog, Sophie, … Continue reading

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Temporary Groom

This week I’m working as a fill-in groom for my former dressage trainer until the new groom starts next Monday. It’s interesting to me that not only have I forgotten how to do some basic chores, such as putting boots … Continue reading

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Zone Training

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I’ve attended three Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody Chicken Workshops.  One of the things I learned about there was something Bob called “zone training”.  He doesn’t know of anyone else who teaches this. Bob talked about using zones to help … Continue reading

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Animal Magnetism and Rubber Bands, 11-28-16

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Animal Magnetism Atticus and I have managed to get through the “worst” of the rehab of his laminitic episode back in April.  He has lost 200 lbs. and our training time is not focused so much on just exercise.  We … Continue reading

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