In just a few short weeks I will be celebrating Peregrine’s 30th Birthday, and you are all invited to his party!
Where: Here on the internet. Details to be announced.
When: Peregrine was born at 11:35 p.m. 1985. On Sunday April 26, 2015 I will celebrating his 30th Birthday.
And on Monday April 27 the festivities continue as I celebrate his First Day.
Throughout the day on April 26 and 27 Peregrine and I will be receiving internet “visitors”.
What to bring: Your stories!
Peregrine is our original clicker-trained horse. He’s the one who got the whole ball rolling back in 1993.
I first learned about clicker training from a friend who trained Irish wolf hounds. I was curious to see what Peregrine would think about it so I went out to the barn with clicker and treats. He was laid up with abscesses in both front feet at the time – the after effects of Potomac horse fever. There wasn’t much he could do. He was too sore to walk, but he could touch a target. I used a dressage whip which he was perfectly happy to bump with his nose, especially when he discovered that doing so got me to reach into my pocket and give him treats!
We both thought this clicker game was entertaining. As he became more mobile, I added bits and pieces from the things he already knew. The result: after seven weeks of stall rest, he was further ahead in his training than he had been when he was laid up. I was hooked, and the rest, as they say, is history. Peregrine was my original clicker pioneer and experimental “guinea pig”. He helped spread this wonderful way of training around the planet.
I’d like to celebrate his 30th Birthday – a major milestone for us – by hearing about your clicker horses. Share your pictures, and your stories. Celebrate with me the love we have for our horses.
How: Share your stories and your pictures here and on facebook. I’ll be celebrating 30 years with Peregrine. What special relationships do you cherish and celebrate every day?