It’s been all go recently, and these past weeks have left me feeling incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received from all my clients (old and new!) keeping me busy since getting back to work post lockdown.
Equine Behaviour: Trigger Stacking
Trigger stacking is something we’ve all experienced, whether in ourselves or our animals. It’s something I am very aware of (and try to avoid!) when working with horses as it can often result in explosive unwanted behaviour.
Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Worming for Horses
I first heard of and used diatomaceous earth (DE) when I was working on a ranch in California. I was intrigued to learn that this white powder, which we were adding to the horses feed, had numerous health benefits, including being a natural wormer. The lady who owned the ranch claimed she hadn’t had any issues with worms for years and owned a large number of horses, all of which received a small cup of DE a day.
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Clicker Training Part 2: Interview with Amanda Martin
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.
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Clicker Training Part 1: Positive Reinforcement
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!
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