When the Floor Is Food: Training through Distraction

Horse owners have a unique distraction facing them when they leave an arena with their horses and set out to ride. The very ground they walk on can be a valuable resource to the horse!

One of the bigger training dilemmas for a horse owner is working or riding the horse around grass or other potential edibles without having to guard against the horse’s desire to snatch a mouthful here and there. But horses can learn, without being reprimanded or physically coerced, that there is a time to graze and a time to focus on the human companion instead.

This Session will include instructions, exercises, video demonstrations, and audience participation, all designed to build skills for training your horse to work willingly on and around grass. Peggy will also discuss gentle treat-taking, “leave it,” and the location of treat delivery.

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.