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The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses: A Positive Approach to Training Equines and Understanding Them [Paperback]

Ben Hart
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8 Sep 2008
How does a small plastic box, bridge the gap between desired behaviour and effective positive reinforcement and in doing so greatly enhance equine-human communication? Ben Hart explains the evolution of clicker training from its use with dogs and marine animals, to its place in horsemanship, and the importance of refining its use for equines. His years of practical experience, gained all over the world, ensures that in this book Ben answers all the most frequently asked questions, while solving the most common problems that are experienced during clicker training. By teaching people, how to think, rather than what to think, the author gives all owners and trainers the opportunity to develop their own abilities and to improve their own unique equine relationships. This book will help anyone to understand the application of the science of behaviour in training horses, donkeys or mules. Clear and concise, definitive and accessible, this is an indispensable guide to an exciting, effective and positive method of training equines.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; 1 edition (8 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285638246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285638242
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A guide that explains, clearly and practically (and it is fully illustrated with photographs showing the method in practice), the scientific basis... and how it can be most effectively used." -- Alternative Horse Society

"Ben Hart is an expert in clicker training and his new book describes in detail how and why the principles work." -- 'Riders;

"Brings a scientific approach to the use of clicker training... Opens up new ways of being progressive with clicker training... Very enlightening." --

"Clicker training can help owners improve their relationship with their horses and overcome undesirable behavioural traits... (Ben Hart) recognises how it fits in alongside more traditional horsemanship." -- 'Horse' magazine

"A long awaited down to earth book on the successes to be had and the pitfalls to be avoided with clicker training... All the questions you ever wanted to ask."
-- Enlightened Equitation


"Ben Hart is an expert in clicker training and his new book describes in detail how and why the principles work."

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Finally a long awaited down to earth book on the successes to be had and the pitfalls to be avoided with clicker training. The book deals in great detail with all the questions you ever wanted to ask, worrying questions such as won't feeding treats make my horse bite too more detailed questions about why we need to view working with equines differently to working with dogs. Ben talks about the importance of the trainer learning how to break down what seem like large problems into small behaviours that are much more easily dealt with and how using shaping plans will help you achieve great results to tackle any problems you may be having in your relationship with your Horse, Donkey or Mule.
The first few chapters talk about the importance of knowing the science behind the training technique .It talks to the reader about how and why a little plastic box can communicate so much to the horse. By teaching the trainer this, not only does the trainer start to understand how the horse learns, but also begins to understand how we ourselves learn. We can then apply this knowledge to all our communications with horses no matter what the problem and help us develop a more thorough understanding of our relationship with them.
Further on Ben goes into details about where people can go wrong with using the clicker and how to avoid falling into these traps by using it very clearly and with specific boundaries right from the start.
Ben comes across as clearly passionate for Horses, Donkeys and Mules but the honesty he has for imparting information without Ego, Showmanship or Self Congratulation is the biggest success of this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Whether a serious competition rider or a `pet' horse owner, Ben Hart's `The Art and Science of Clicker training for horses' has something for everyone. Centred round some of the most frequently asked questions about clicker training, this book covers everything from the science of behaviour to `what is the basic difference between horse, donkey and mule behaviour'.

Despite the wide range of topics covered, it was refreshing to find that this book is written in a language that is readily accessible to most readers. Ben uses numerous examples from everyday life to illustrate clearly what sometimes can be confusing definitions. Based on Ben's extensive experience working with equines, this book illustrates what a great tool a clicker can be for teaching new behaviours or modifying `problem' behaviours. However, this book is not an A-Z of clicker training, containing multiple recipes of how to get an equine to perform specific behaviours. Rather, the book mirrors Ben's mission to help people find their own way to good horsemanship through a solid understanding behavioural science and its practical application. The potential pitfalls of using the clicker are also pointed out which makes this book one of the most honest of its type. Throughout the book, Ben reiterates many times the fact that the clicker is not a substitute for good horsemanship but is an adjunct to it. Clicker training at its best will always be coupled with a thorough understanding of equines.

Currently there are very few books on clicker training for equines, so to say that this book is one of the best may seem a little bold. However, I am confident that this book will stand the test of time. For it gives people basic principles from which to work with their equine in a more positive way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There are other people who are doing great things with clicker training equines, and some who understand the science behind why it works (and why it doesn't if not done in the right way) but this is the first book to comprehensively put it all together.

Each chapter answers a common question about clicker training and is incredibly well thought-out - the product of an enquiring mind for which an answer isn't enough until it has been turned over, prodded, looked at from all sides and revisited a bit later to see if it still looks the same. The result is responses that are thoroughly backed up and justified from whichever angle you view them from; they are never just surface-deep or patronising to the reader but are informative and considered. And not once do you feel that the author is trying to blind you by science or tell you `just because I say it is' - how refreshing.

Ben Hart describes using the clicker as an intermediate as well as terminal bridge. As he says, many horses work this out for themselves and some owners naturally train this way but Hart, being the aforementioned sort who needs to take things apart before putting them back together again, delves deeper and considers why this might be the case and how we can use these signals more purposefully.

The author's enthusiasm for his subject leaps out from every page. The writing style is accessible and rooted in his insatiable desire to share information that will make the world a better place for equines.

I particularly liked the chapter entitled `Can I use clicker training in conjunction with my other training methods?' - it doesn't just leap in with an answer but takes you on a journey of exploration to get there. And the final chapter `What is the future of clicker training?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good, well explained and detailed
Published 3 months ago by angepp
2.0 out of 5 stars Too vague.
I felt like he was repeating the info about dogs vs horses and that there weren't clear enough instructions on how to make this work for a total beginner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs M C Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A more scientific look at clicker training which is really helpful to understand why and how. I'd really recommend this for everyones collection just for the theory side. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Kaidas
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who no longer want to use pressure and release
This is a fabulous book for those horse owners who are tired of making their horse uncomfortable in order to ask for a certain behaviour. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Click to just have fun
This book is all you need as an introduction to clicker training explaining the joys as well as the pitfalls in the most easy to read manner
Published 15 months ago by mair wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for ethical horse trainers
This book is essential reading for ethically minded horse owners and trainers, whether they are professionals or amateurs. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only book you will need for clicker training
This is a great book on the subject of clicker training equines, from a man who really does know what he is talking about. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars My horse LOVED this book!
I was firmly in the anti- clicker training camp for years, believing it would just create a nippy horse. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by M. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't try CT'ing your horse before reading this book....
The equine world has waited an extremely long time for this book on equine clicker training. Ben Hart is unique in that he is not trying to teach a series of step-by-step... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2009 by C. Brocksopp
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think whether to use a clicker with your horse
This book made me consider in which circumstances I might use or choose not to use clicker training with horses, e.g. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2009 by A. Grovestock-thompson
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