This is the story of my quest to train my three Dales Ponies for classical dressage, primarily by using Alexandra Kurland's clicker training methods, with a touch of others such as Philippe Karl and Anja Beran thrown in. I turned to clicker training because I had come up against some issues that I didn't know how to fix and because I wanted to inspire them to become enthusiatic partners. Bella and Jack are all my own work and have never been ridden by anyone else.

Bella, Grace and Jack

Bella aged 6

Bella aged 6

Treat Delivery

Jack aged 7


Monday, 10 November 2008

For anyone interested Jill Shephard's sheepskin saddlecover is on my old GP Hamilton Balance saddle in these photos and it turns a very uncomfortable (for the rider) and slippery saddle into a furry armchair. It's one of the best things that I've ever bought, as my horses love this saddle (they are all the same shape). The brown girth spoils the look a bit but I have a black one coming, and Grace will look smarter when clipped!

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I am a clicker training addict and there is no cure - thank goodness!!!