The Bottom Line
- Easy to read question and answer format.
- Clear explanation of goal setting and planning.
- Discusses clicker training under saddle.
- Might be a little too 'scientific' for some.
- The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses
- Author - Ben Hart (Author's Website)
- Soft Cover
- 174 Pages
- ISBN: 978-0-285-63824-2
Guide Review - The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses
The book is set up Q and A style with each chapter answering specific questions. It goes into a bit more depth than you’ll find in many clicker training books and explains successive approximation, intermediate and terminal bridge, terms you may not find in other horse clicker training books. It also discusses the most common pitfalls of clicker training horses as well as the possible limitations of this training method.
I enjoy clicker training my dogs and my horses, and Hart takes a look at how this method differs between dogs and horses—both in how you go about it, and how the animals react. I found that this book offered a slightly more scientific view of clicker training horses.
What is very useful is the explanation of how to tackle large problems or projects by breaking them down into small steps. You’ll learn how to plan so your clicker training time is well spent. You’ll also learn how clicker training compliments your horsemanship skills and enhances your understanding of horse behavior.
Black and white photos in the center of the book emphasize points made, and show horses, donkeys and mules being trained. I had to laugh to myself at the photo of the clickers themselves—I think I own most of them pictured.