No Problem! How Problems Create Great Horse Training

Is your horse a creative problem-solver?

Horses that are creative problem-solvers (search for a variety of potential responses to a learning situation) are more engaged in training and make it much easier for trainers to meet their goals. One way to increase a horse's creative problem-solving skill is through the introduction of novel situations and the strategic use of obstacles. For example, once a horse learns how to negotiate backing on to and off of a platform, the act of loading on to and off of a trailer will get easier. Instead of a stumbling block to learning, artificially introduced obstacles accelerate learning in real life. You can use obstacles in all kinds of ways, including preparing animals for the range of necessary behaviors needed for interactions with humans.

Peggy Hogan

Through her business, The Best Whisper is a Click, Peggy Hogan provides clicker training lessons, clinics and online coaching, all focused on horses.

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. She has studied natural horsemanship in depth and immersed herself in the teachings of Peggy Cummings, founder of Connected Riding. 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. Horses offer complex behaviors freely if given the choice, behaviors that apply to environments that range from agility to freestyle to medical procedures. All of these freely offered and shaped behaviors create wonderful riding horses. Peggy has worked with clicker training techniques in the area of horse rescue as well.