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Striking it Rich! Gold Nuggets from Popular Horse Training Paradigms

Looking back through the techniques and concepts of other horse training philosophies has the potential to be helpful and bring insights for horse trainers transitioning to clicker training. Join Peggy as she mines for usable gold—insights about horses and behavior—buried in other training approaches, insights that are both consistent with and helpful to learning and adopting positive reinforcement-based techniques.

The horse community in general is a relative newcomer to the world of clicker training. By connecting dots between past and future practices, Peggy makes it easier to adopt, adapt, and use clicker training principles with horses. For example, Peggy will look at other horse training processes and protocols, ranging from Dressage to Natural Horsemanship. She will show how to adopt popular techniques like training at liberty, developing a soft feel, and creating tactile cues, all with positive reinforcement.

This 90-minute Session will include video examples and some light audience participation.

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2019; content presented in 2020 may vary slightly. 

Peggy Hogan

Through her business, The Best Whisper is a Click, Peggy Hogan has traveled internationally providing clicker training clinics and lectures; she also leads online courses.

A horse-lover since the age of three, when her sister put her on a pay-per-lap pony ride, Peggy loves all animals and has a passion for training. Her training background is varied, and she has studied techniques that range from natural horsemanship to classical dressage, having immersed herself in the teachings of Peggy Cummings, founder of Connected Riding. In the late 90s, with inspiration from Alexandra Kurland, Peggy fully embraced clicker training and positive reinforcement.

Learning from clicker trainers of other species, Peggy has investigated ways to add more shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting to her clicker training for horses program. She explains and demonstrates that horses will offer complex behaviors freely if given the choice—behaviors that range from riding to horse agility to freestyle to medical procedures. Peggy has also worked with clicker training techniques successfully in the area of horse rescue. Peggy has a master’s degree in psychology. A speaker at ClickerExpo conferences since 2013, she lives with her husband and seven horses.