I had the honor of being interviewed by Jane Savoie about my experiences with clicker training. Jane maintains a wonderful website called Dressage Mentor which is geared toward helping dressage riders address the problems they are having with their horses and riding. A very hot issue for her members is the matter of fear… fear of losing control, fear of falling off, fear of getting seriously hurt by their horses…the list goes on.
In the interview we talked a lot about fear and ways of using clicker training to improve safety. What I said was by focusing on what we want (which is relaxation, focus and responsiveness) we can avoid those situations which lead to getting hurt. In that way we feel safer because the horse is relaxed and confident. A relaxed and confident horse doesn’t need to bolt, buck, or rear. Everyone is happy!
Of course, I said a lot more than just that as the conversation went on on for an hour. 🙂 If you’d like to, you can listen to the whole conversation courtesy of Jane.
Jane Savoie is a very successful GP rider at the international level, a coach, clinician, and an author of several very successful books and DVDs. It is no surprise that she is a fan of clicker training because she already operates from the point of view of breaking problems down into small achievable steps and rewarding each accomplishment. She is good people! Do check out her websites: