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Re: [RC] Hollering horse - Heidi Smith

I ride a stallion and he is a very good boy, except that he hollers.

I'm glad you're pursuing clicker training for this horse.  Hollering is
really unacceptable behavior, IMO--especially in a stallion.  And it means
one thing--his mind is not focused on YOU.  I've never used clicker
training--but I've ridden a lot of stallions.  The ones we start ourselves
have all been quiet on the trail, because we START them to keep their focus
on us at all times--it is a subtle thing, but we are ALWAYS talking to
them--with a chuckle, a look, a tap, a bit of leg, whatever--so that they
don't have time to think about anything BUT us.  Clicker training is just
one more way to do just that.  We've retrained one noisy one--although he
will still revert to his noisiness on his first "out" every year until he is
reminded--and again, it is a matter of keeping his attention ALWAYS on the
rider and preventing the hollering, as much or more than getting after him
once he's done it.  (Although initially, one has to do that as well, to make
the point clear that that is unacceptable behavior.)


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RE: [RC] Hollering horse, Dolores Arste