Today my husband brought home a clicker. I ran right out and Little Man (my mini mule) and I had our first session. I started by just clicking, then offering him a treat. After about five times I reached out and touched his halter, clicked, and gave him a treat. It took no time before he heard the click and immediately started looking for his treat! Sometimes he jerked his head away, but other times he didn't. I only touched his halter very briefly, just long enough for him to know and for me to click. The session was only a few minutes long, but I am so excited.
I think that this will be so good. Because of his past (he was mistreated), negative reinforcement probably isn't a good idea. My goal is to be able to touch his halter for longer periods of time, then take hold of it, then pull on it a bit, etc. My long term goal is to be able to get a lead rope on him. But I'm not going to rush.
I am looking forward to tomorrow!
Blessings on you,
Teaching a Horse to Talk
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