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Rope Handling Part 2

Have you ever gone on a treasure hunt? A good treasure hunt should follow the Goldilock’s principle. If the clues are too hard, you’ll become frustrated and quit. If the clues are too easy, there’s no pleasure in solving them. When the clues are just right, at first they puzzle you. What does this clue mean? What is the answer? And then you get it. That little feeling of frustration turns to pleasure. You got it! Over time that feeling of being puzzled is welcomed. You have become a confident puzzle solver. You KNOW you can solve the puzzle and you welcome each new challenge. When we’re teaching rope handling we are setting puzzles. If we make them too easy, our learners won’t bec

Rope Handling Part One

Clicker training lets us work so effectively at liberty should we even put leads on our horses? If we do, how do we use them? How do we turn rope handling into a clicker-compatible tool? These are some of the many questions we explore in Part One of a two part series on rope handling. In this podcast we talk about the "dance" that evolves out of good rope handling. Used well the lead becomes an incredibly light and tactful communication tool. The "dance" of good rope handling is both beautiful to watch and a delight to use.

The Foundation Lessons

Episode #4 - ​Did I say Episode #3 was packed? That’s nothing compared to this one. We must have used an over-sized suitcase and had three people sitting on it to get the lid to close! It is stuffed full of good things. In this episode we talk about each of the six foundation lessons of clicker training. I won’t list them here. You’ll be learning about each one in the podcast. The foundation lessons let us respond to the emotional needs of our animals. Our animals always tell us what they need to work on. They let us know when they’re confused or frustrated. And they tell us when they’ve GOT IT!! Getting behavior is the easy part of training. It’s fun. It’s exciting. Managing the