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The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses: A Positive Approach to Training Equines and Understanding Them Kindle Edition
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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. Through his vast experience in working with equines, donkeys and mules and his large experience of teaching others to use clicker training and positive reinforcement he is able to show how much fun can be had as long as it is used in a responsible way with much forethought.
I would highly recommend everyone either starting out on the journey or already using clicker to read the invaluable words in this book.
My only criticism is why we had to wait so long and when is the next one ???
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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