What is the point of Positively Mustang?
The reason I made this web site is to let all horse owners that it IS possible to form an amazing bond with your horse through positive training methods - no ropes, no bits, no whips. You can ride metal-free, if you choose, but it is my opinion that a trusting bond must be formed first. It took a good year of spending time with Raven regularly before I could see the change in how she acted toward me and the things around her. (Keep in mind she was a WILD horse before I got her) So, when you find yourself having problems and you're remote or have no access to traditional trainers AND you want to try something new? Positive? Become your Mustang's best friend? Try clicker training!!
For some reason, the majority of the world of training horses is against or scoffs at clicker (treat) training. I can only guess the reason is they have never tried it. I will say this about CT - it is a slower process. The trainer needs to understand the basics of how to teach the horse - what the click means - when to click - then the horse needs to participate willingly in what is being taught to them before moving forward in training. The trainer also needs to recognize a 'try' and click for that before asking for more. The reward for the slower process is the relationship you then receive through this training.
Why clicker train?
I read so many posts about how a horse won't do what the rider wants and my first reaction is to reminisce about the awesome training success I had with my Mustang when starting with asking for just the slightest attempt of her doing what I asked while on the ground, which then I transferred to her back, but backed up to where she understood easily and then worked up from there. All using the click as a marker and a tiny slice of carrot for her attempt. Obviously, I do not believe in Monty Roberts claim that you should never feed a horse from your hand!
Clicker training is amazing because it gives your horse the choice to participate in the activity. In other words, the horse is free in their pen with the option to walk away when uncomfortable. I decided to give my Mustang the choice of working with me and in doing so, she has become a willing partner that loves me & takes care of me.
I enjoy learning as much as I can about training with CT and look forward to when I have time to offer help to people who may be running into problems with their horse. In the meantime, feel free to read more about me, Raven, watch videos of her "tricks" and things she's learned in the Gallery or read about our training/riding experiences in the Blog.
Ready to take the leap?
This is where I learned how to teach Raven to ride using the "Back Your Horse" online video course. The people at Connection Training are extremely supportive and the courses are very detailed. The monthly chat sessions are great when you have issues not solved in the videos. Click the button to be directed to the web site...