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

Just to show the reverse side of clicker training Bella's canter, this is what happens when I click from a canter. I have to brace myself first, before I dare to click! I must add that I would never ask her to stop like this, the reins are hanging loose, and I wince a bit looking at it - I hope she's not doing herself any damage - but if I want to click an excellent canter transition this is the immediate result! She's stopped so fast even her lower lip has been left behind!!!

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