5 Tips to Teach Your Horse a Reliable Recall
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by HippoLogic
4d ago
Learning to come when called, recall, is not often a behaviour that is taught to horses. It’s often a basic requirement in dog training and forgotten in horse training. After all, most of the time we want to have horses ‘under control’ and they are on a lead rope. However with positive reinforcement we can teach a horse to respond to his name and come when being called: a recall. Teaching your horse to recall can be challenging, as most horses love to roam. Each time we ask our horse to come to us, we are asking them to stop what they are doing and turn away from other stimuli. Therefor ..read more
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Does your Horse need more Core Strength? Train crunches with clicker training
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by HippoLogic
1M ago
Do you want to teach your horse to engage his abs, so his back comes up and he can use his hind legs better? Crunches or belly lifts are a good exercise. It can help improve a swayed back, just like it did with Kyra. Here’s how you train this with positive reinforcement (instead of pressure on the sternum with your finger nails!). Be kind to your horse! How to Teach Your Horse to do Crunches with 100% R+ Happy Horse training! You are his trainer! Sandra Founder of HippoLogic ..read more
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Easy 3-Step Grazing Muzzle Training for Horses
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by HippoLogic
1M ago
For different horses over the years I used different brands of muzzles. Each brand has their own fit, material and shape. More muzzles with different fits have become available in the past decade. Try which one fits your horse and your purpose best. The most important thing is to Set Your Horse up for Success and to train your horse to use the grazing muzzle. Muzzle Training in 3 Easy Steps Muzzle training prevents the horse form getting frustrated and associating the grazing muzzle with bad things happening. You want your horse to learn to eat with it, not learn how to get if off. Step 1 Let ..read more
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3 Steps to Successfully build an Exercise routine for your Overweight Horse or Whoa-Horse
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by HippoLogic
1M ago
When your horse hates exercising… There are 3 things you can do to help your horse enjoy your exercise regime, and building a bond at the same time. 3 Steps to Easy Movement Training Here’s how you do it: Make exercise EASY Make daily exercise FUN Make it predictable, in a GOOD way 3 Tips to Succeed and accomplish your GOAL It’s really simple and this makes it easier to implement an exercise regime that works and lead to results: a fitter horse and/or one that is more forward, without having to nag your horse to keep up speed. It’s still a challenge, but with these three you make the chanc ..read more
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Treats in TRAINING for Overweight Horses?
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by HippoLogic
2M ago
I can hear you think already: “But… – my horse is already overweight – my horse can’t have treats – my horse has EMS/ Cushing’s/ is ill” Clicker training uses food rewards Clicker Training uses “treats” in training, but not the way you might think…   The ‘treats’ you use for exercising obese/recovering laminitis horses can be normal horse food: grass pellets, hay cubes or whatever you serve your horse. It can be herbs or grass or even simply hay! You Click and give a food reward for everything your horse does well at first. After your horse understands the desired behaviour(s), lik ..read more
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Feeling guilty because your Horse is Overweight or got Laminitis?
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by HippoLogic
2M ago
GUILT….. Do you ever find yourself consumed by guilt because your horse is battling laminitis? Or perhaps you worry that you’re not providing enough exercise, constantly questioning if your efforts are truly making a difference? Fearing the worst case scenario Believe me, I’ve been there. I understand the overwhelming sense of isolation, fear, and guilt that comes with seeing your beloved horse unwell. There is Hope! But here’s the thing: there is hope. Laminitis isn’t the dire sentence it once was, especially compared to when I was younger. There are numerous strategies you can implement to a ..read more
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Move Your Horse with Positive Reinforcement!
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by HippoLogic
2M ago
The 2024 program starts in May 2024. Enrollment is OPEN! Here is what the program looks like and what the 4 trimesters in the HippoLogic Clicker Training Academy offer. We learn by repetition and every time we’ll go through the basics, you’ll learn more, see more and understand more. Each level in your education will have it’s own challenges: the more you know, the more you’ll understand that there is more… The foundation of each season is always The Confident Clicker Trainer.  It’s my 12-week foundation course that includes everything! From: Appetitive to Zen behaviour. This pro ..read more
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Unexpected Magic through ‘Movement Challenge’ with Odin
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by HippoLogic
2M ago
To keep my miniature horse, Odin, in top form and prevent him from resembling a round ball of fur, daily exercise is a must. Since choices are limited for a non-ridden horse, I have to move with him, for instance taking them on walks in the forest. For me exercising my horses, to keep them in shape, is hard. The hardest part for me is to start! Once I’m out the house, it’s fine…. But getting started, is the hard part. Finding the Threshold Therefor I wanted to know what my biggest struggle actually is. It’s not that I’m not enjoying my horses… It’s not that I hate hand walking them or trainin ..read more
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Key Lesson PATIENCE: teach your horse to Stand & Relax in Clicker Training
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by HippoLogic
5M ago
Can you teach your frustrated horse, that is mugging, dancing, sniffing your pockets and offering all his latest trick to be calm and confident in training? Yes, and here’s how! HippoLogic’s R+ Horse Training system contains 12 Keys to Success: 6 Key Lessons for Horses (Key Lesson PATIENCE is one of them) and 6 Keys to Success for Trainers that help you give your horse Clarity, Consistency and Confidence in your own clicker training skills. Can your teach a horse to be calm and relaxed with Clicker Training? It’s debatable in the R+ training world, but since I’ve taught many horses to relax I ..read more
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FAQ’s about Grass Training for Horses
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by HippoLogic
5M ago
Are you a tiny bit curious what happens in HippoLogic’s Grass Training?  Here’s what people asked me: >> ‘If my doesn’t respond to the click I tap with the lead rope, is that OK?’, asked one of the participants in my Grass Training course with coaching. This is such a great question! I understand where it’s coming from and I was glad she asked. The answer is ‘No’. Don’t mix R- (negative reinforcement) or P (punishment) with R+ (positive reinforcement) in Grass Training. You want to keep Grass Training 100% positive reinforcement if you want predi ..read more
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