Training with positive reinforcement is finding more and more enthusiastic fans.
For many people it is becoming more and more important to respond to the needs of their horses and to use this form of communication in training or in normal interaction. Some people still strictly refuse to feed a horse at work and then that annoying clicking frog… I felt the same way many years ago. The problem is that sometimes you see real deterrent examples of the use of feed praise. But a method should not be equated with its poor use! Just because there are predatory knights, biscuit monsters, ADHD horses and snapping crocodiles, it does not mean that clicker training automatically leads to these results. This only occurs when serious mistakes are made in timing, signal control, choice of food, criteria, training steps, etc..
For a harmonious path in clicker training it makes sense to have experienced guidance. We all know it from riding: While doing it, you notice, if at all, the mistakes the horse makes. What you could have made smoother, clearer and more understandable for the horse is simply not noticed. That’s what riding instructors are for. Fortunately, there are now more and more Clicker instructors who are there for people and horses in the German-speaking world and offer professional support during training. They have all undergone intensive further training and have dealt with the wide field of “learning” in theory and practice. Some of them are even already in Viviane Theby’s network of TOP trainers. Important courses, in which the training of the human being is in the foreground, are the training specialist for horses, the chicken modules and the seesaw trainer. Since this year the training to become a Steigerwald.T Medical Trainer has been running and the participants have already been able to help many horse-human teams to cope with the respective treatment problems.
To help you and your horse find a suitable and competent companion for your common path in clicker training, we have created a trainer list on the Steigerwald.T site. It is constantly being expanded and supplemented. We are looking forward to a harmonic way together!