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Online Clicker Training course



Designed to help you increase communication, create clarity which leads to greater connection, calmness and understanding, this course helps you to help you horses, donkeys or mules by becoming a better trainer, as you gain clarity and confidence in how clicker training could work for you. Using Equine Specific Clicker Training can enhance your equine relationships by removing over stimulation and frustration. 

Whether you have used CT lots as part of your tool box, dabbled a little or want to start but have been unsure how to,  then the answers can be found in this clicker clinic. How do I know? Because that’s the participants range of experience who attended the course and they all got what they wanted from the day. 

Jacqueline Stagg “I really enjoyed this I was expecting just a refresher of what I already (ought to) know but I learned loads of new stuff!”

Exploring ideas on how clicker training fits within each person’s own journey and how clicker training might not always be the best option. Ben talks frankly and honestly about his journey with clicker training from the early beginnings, to doing it differently and  how it is still subject to the application of the science of behaviour and learning.

Having seen horses become frustrated and over excited with one click, one reward training Ben explains how just one moment observing a pony being clicker trained lead to a different more equine specific approach. He takes us on his journey thorough being ridiculed for daring to be different, writing a book and now finally seeing his approach becoming more widely accepted.

Improving your relationship using the art and science of clicker training. It has been Ben’s experience that for many people it seems as if using clicker training can lead their equine to develop unexpected problems, such as frustration, over arousal, confusion and owners even become guilty, feeling they have let their equine down. Food is highly motivating and once the horse realises that their part in the “game” is to get food out of you, their enthusiasm can bubble over and lead to a bank of challenging behaviours. It doesn’t have to be this way, teaching a few simple principles to your horse, donkey or mule from the start while making clicker training more equine specific will help resolve these problems if they have already been created or ensure you miss them altogether if you are waiting to get started.

Charity Case “Thank you Ben for such a fun and informative day it clarified so many questions I had on CT. I am now looking forward to confidently using CT with my boy.”

Ben doesn’t want an over excited, frustrated, performing animal who mugs and stresses about when and how the rewards might arrive, so he explains and demonstrates his approach to clicker training so that you can make up your own mind.

As with all Ben’s work he wants you to find your own path to horsemanship. He provides the information and experience so you can make the right choices for you and your equine in the environment that you currently inhabit. Above all he wants you to leave the course with greater clarity about clicker training and the confidence to use it to enhance your connection and relationship with your equine.

Clicker training, love it or hate it, the equine world is divided. If you have already started using clicker training and want to explore more advanced ideas, iron out any difficulties or solve some problems then this course will help you explore clicker training and ultimately lead you to success. Even if you are not sure if clicker training is for you then this day can help you make your mind up.

The truth about the use of clicker training in equines is sometimes difficult to find with so many opinions and experiences. This course provides a chance to get your questions answered and see where clicker training might be useful for you and how it links to other methods of training and equine behaviour. Make your mind up for yourself

June Eckhart “It was a very good day, really interesting and thought provoking but not too much jargon.”

Some of the topics covered include;
Dogs and horses are different and need different approaches to clicker training.  Find out the differences of Equine Specific Clicker Training, and avoid the common mistakes of clicker training, no mugging, no impatience and real problem solving.

Learn to start correctly to avoid mugging and biting behaviour, this means learning how to teach mugging doesn’t work and that patience does.

Discover the truth about the advantages and disadvantages of clicker training? There’s no hard sell, just Ben’s honest experience with years of clicker training, and why he often doesn’t recommend it even though it can be brilliant.

How will using equine specific clicker (ESC) training benefit my horse? What is equine specific clicker training, where did it come from, how to start, and how to transition from more traditional approaches

Learn when to avoid using clicker training, Ben explores some of his limitations with clicker training and why he has broken most of them.

Understand when and if clicker training fits into other equine training methods, Ben discusses the use of negative and positive reinforcement along side each other, when it seems to work and when you might not want to try.

Create patience by using equine specific clicker training, teaching patience is central to Equine Specific Clicker Training and hear Ben explain why he thinks the brains reward chemical dopamine plays such an important role in patience and how we can control it.

Ben shows the tools he uses and why. He explains the only “you must” he has for Clicker Training and why this one tool is so important in creating a calm horse.

How to get rid of the clicker; not only how to remove the clicker from training but why you would want to as soon as you can.

Solve your unwanted behaviours using positive reinforcement. Ben answers real questions from participants about their situations with their horses and donkeys and how they can apply positive reinforcement to help improve the situations these course participants have found themselves in.

Ben’s eighteen years of experience of clicker combined with is knowledge and application of the art and science of equine behaviour and his equine specific approach to clicker training gives the course participant the opportunity to safely explore clicker training, and how it can be used to create the communication and motivation in their equine partners that they dream of. Developing the clarify and confidence to use clicker training with your equine in a way that fits in with your principles and experience can lead to a whole new relationship.

This course is filmed during a live clicker training clinic, which sold out in just 24 hours of being advertised.  So you’ll get the experience of being on the clinic with the additional materials and tools that have been added to supplement the online course with the benefit of viewing in in your own time and re-watching it as many times as you need. You can also ask Ben questions through the discussion section, everything you need to gain clarity, calmness and confidence about using clicker training. This course is in pre-launch mode and all content will be available from 14th April. 

Hilary Johnson “Great day! Really interesting and practical saw several horses with different personalities respond to their first intro to clicker training.....generating much discussion on the appropriate use of clicker training in equine training.”

Aileen Field “Thanks for a really enlightening and fun training course yesterday Ben.”




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