Amanda Martin is, among many things, an Equine Clicker Training Specialist and in particular, trains problem horses with Fear Free Positive training (read more on this here: animalbehaviourconsultantscotland.co.uk), and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share her knowledge with me on the subject.
Clicker training is a concept I’m sure most people will have heard of. It’s a method where the participating animal is encouraged to exhibit a behaviour using positive reinforcement, and often used in dog training. However, you’ll find it works across a variety of species, horses included!
I decided to take the plunge and study Equine Shiatsu after I had finished my two year Diploma in Equine Studies, found a full time job, and passed my UKCC Level 2. I found my mind restless. I missed studying, I missed exams (call me mad if you like!), and even though I was still learning and developing my skills working in a busy riding school, I wanted to broaden my knowledge in another sphere.
Having been around horses my whole life, I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms after spending my first few weeks without them on a recent trip to Australia. The horsey bug, if you’re lucky enough to catch it, doesn’t go away with time – it’s rather a terminal diagnosis that leaves you calling out every horse you see in a passing field and still getting that gleeful flutter when you swing your leg over for the thousandth time.