Tonight was one of those rare and perfect training nights when
everything goes right. Combining the methods of Parelli and "clicker
training" produced a magical I stood at the gate and called my
Arabian mare Jazz and my mini horse Little Man up from the pasture. I
listened and heard the hoofbeats coming swiftly towards me. Halters
went on and a "click-treat" given. I stepped up on the gate and Jazz
did a lovely sidepass towards me. I slid my leg over and settled into
the smooth sweet curve of her back. It was just dusk and her back was
still warm from the heat of the setting sun. I picked up Little Man's
leadrope and called for my dog Journey. She slid under the gate and she
looked up at me with the adoring smile only dogs have for the people
they love. "Let's go everyone" I said and we set off to practice
leading LIttle Man while riding Jazz. I think it would be fun to take
him on some of our adventures and Jazz likes taking a friend along in
case any "trail spooks or horse vampires" are encountered on our rides.
She is certain that Little Man is a very confident and strong young
man that he could protect an Arabian damsel in distress.
The clicker was helpful to mark when LIttle Man was in the correct position
by her shoulder. Again a "click-treat" when he was at the right spot
and she and Little Man and Journey all got a nice little peppermint
treat for getting the right idea and this is what they call shaping
their behavior. I can mark the correct position and help Little Man and
Jazz both know where I want them to be in relation to each other.
Journey who is still a little timid with the horses is encouraged to
jump up and put her feet on my boot to get her treat. My Jazz is a
wonderful and beautifully mannered horse who I treasure more every day.

I rode until the three quarter moon was bright in the night sky and the stars were scattered like brilliant white snowflakes on a black
velvet shawl. The horses and Journey and I walked and trotted and
stopped and started the process over and over in perfect unison.Seldom
does a training session ever feel that perfect and the partnership feel
like such an effortless understanding. Another arrow for the quiver and
this was tonights equasion..,., click-treat + Parelli = FABULOUS

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Comment by Christine on August 7, 2011 at 11:05am
Comment by pony gal on October 17, 2010 at 12:50am
Wow, wish I could have been there but the way you tell the story I feel like I was.

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