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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art and Science of Clicker Training, 18 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses: A Positive Approach to Training Equines and Understanding Them (Paperback)
Over the last few years I've read a lot of books on training horses, and many of them have left me not entirely satisfied. Part of this is because some of them want to teach me a specific method, some of them say that I have to do certain things, and others have been anecdotal leaving you to interpret and learn as you will. However, Ben Hart's "The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses" is totally different from all of the other horse training books I have read - and yes, this is a compliment.

The approach taken by Ben is to answer 20 of the most frequently asked questions that people have about Clicker Training for equines, and apply an honest and scientifically based answer for all of them, supported with examples from everyday life, making it easy to relate the principles to your own circumstances.

For me, the book does not attempt to convert the entire world into a race of clicker trainers, but explains how it works and when it may or may not be a useful training tool. Without going too far in depth and losing all of us mere mortals in the detail, Ben also explains scientifically how and why things do or do not work when working with equines. Yet for all of this you never feel as though you are being told what to do or what to think. All of the evidence and the information required to make a decision is within the book, and how you proceed is left entirely up to you.

If you are new to clicker training or have had some experience of it in the past "The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses" will further your knowledge and answer most (if not all) of the questions you might have. It is easy to read, informative, entertaining and balanced. Ben explains complex scientific principles using everyday examples and a writing style that is easy to access for all.
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