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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 … Continue reading

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Backsliding? Diamond, 7-13-17

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” My last blog post was about loving latent learning because Diamond pleasantly surprised me by offering clean leg lifts on both front legs and letting me catch and … 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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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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Working with Fearful Horses

This is my contribution to #Train4Rewards challenge. Ollie is a fearful horse.  I’ve said for years that he’s afraid of air or that he’s neurotic, although the word “neurotic” can’t really be applied to horses and that word is also … Continue reading

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Ollie, Splitting the Environment, Body Awareness, and Impulsion, 5-10-16

Many of my blog posts have been updates on the boys’ training.  This is one of those.  But it is also related to the “Lumping and the Environment” series because Ollie and trailering skills is what got us to look … Continue reading

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Lumping and the Environment, Part 3

In my last two blogs, I talked about lumping and the environment – how I woke up to the phrase and how it made me look at what I was already doing with a fresh perspective. In this blog, I … Continue reading

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Splitting and Lumping and Reinforcers and the Environment

I’ve been working with Ollie on his trailering skills a lot lately.  His challenges, as I may have mentioned before, are quite different from Atty’s.  Ollie’s have more to do with generalized fear and anxiety.  He’s afraid of air, really.  … Continue reading

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Ollie and Trailer Loading and Teetering

On the trailer loading skills front, I’ve been working more with Ollie than with Atty lately.  Atty seems to be pretty solid on the loading part.  What I need to work on with him is having the trailer move and … Continue reading

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Trailering Skills – Ollie 9-22 and 25, 2015

By this time Ollie has had at least seven previous sessions where I’m trying to shape him to get on the trailer while standing at his head at the back of the trailer.  We are pretty  much at a stand … Continue reading

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