Debut For "Clicker Training" Expert
teaching a 'guide horse for the blind' will explain new technique
Kurland, world leader in the development of "clicker training"
for horses and currently teaching a miniature horse to replace a
blind friend's guide dog, is to make a flying visit to the UK in
October to demonstrate her techniques
will hold one clinic at the Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Lancashire,
on October 21, and using "volunteer" horses and ponies,
demonstrate how the sounds from her clicker device can be used in
their training. And for those interested, she will show photographs
and talk about teaching the "guide horse" to look after
visit is being arranged by 31-year-old horse behavourist Linda Pearson
from Water Rossendale, Lancashire. "I have been using the clicker
technique to train my own horses for about five years, and recently
began giving demonstrations," she said.
have been trying for some time to persuade Alex to come over. October
will be a flying visit, but I hope next year she will visit the
UK for longer and we can do a series of clinics. I have already
had inquiries from the south east and south west."
her evening at Osbaldeston, Alex will also talk about training the
"guide horse", Panda. The miniature has already mastered
some aspects of training, can get in and out of cars, negotiate
obstacles in busy New York centre and navigate around shops - and
go to the toilet on cue!
ticket bookings will be heavily discounted. "Admission will
be by ticket only because I am expecting a lot of interest,"
Linda explains. "Alex has got a lot to give to the horse world
in this country. Clicker training will appeal to the caring owner
and rider who want to encourage and not force their animals into
is also working to set up a website which will offer advice to people
wanting help with this revolutionary form of animal training.