19 Jan Clicker Training Targeting – Mayfield Kindred First time Targeting.
Target training is a simple, fun game where the horse touches it’s nose on an object. Target training has so many applications and benefits it’s incredible! It’s a great way to really help the horse understand clicker training. That their behaviour (touching the target) can cause us to click and give them a treat. It’s really different from most other training a horse would have done in the past and it gets them really focused, engaged and keen. Target training teaches a horse to move toward and touch an object. We can put this behaviour “touch” on cue and use it to teach the horse to approach things it might be scared of or things we want to get them used to: umbrellas, tarps, clippers, worming tube, saddle, mounting block..anything! We can use use a target and teach a horse to follow it into places it might not be sure or confident e.g into a float, onto a pedestal. We can use it to have the horse offer movements which we can then mark and capture with the clicker and put on other cues. We can use it to introduce tricks e.g luring a bow, starting to pick things up, fetch, soccer, it is the start of most trick training. We can use it to teach the horse at liberty and even to get them to offer postures such as collection or long and low. So many uses all starting from a simple fun game. 🙂
In this video I introduce a warmblood gelding “Kindred” to targeting for the first time. I have previously already taught him to move his head away from the food.