Each month this year I’ve been writing a post in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the publication of “Clicker Training for your Horse”. These posts are thank yous to all the many people who have helped bring clicker training into the horse world. In January I began with a tribute to Bob Viviano and his horse Crackers. February belonged to Ann Edie and Panda. Last month I turned the spotlight on all the clinic organizers. To represent them all I singled out Kate Graham and her horse Lucky.
This month is different. April can belong to no one else but my beloved Peregrine. April 26, 1985 was his birthday. For thirty years I celebrated that event with him. Now I remember the day without him. Today I am getting ready to fly out to California to teach a clinic. Peregrine put me on the path to all these great adventures. I learned about clicker training for him, through him. When I went out to the barn all those many years ago with treats in my pocket and a clicker in my hand, I had no idea of the journey he was sending me on.
When I lost Peregrine’s mother, I promised her I would write her a love story. I didn’t know at the time what form that would take, just that I would do it. My book, “Clicker Training For Your Horse”, was that love story. It was written for her and for Peregrine. Clicker training was not a story to keep to myself. I have been sharing it with all of you because of them.
When Peregrine turned thirty, I wrote a series of posts in celebration. They are a tribute to him and a history of equine clicker training. You can read them beginning with https://theclickercenterblog.com/2015/04/13/todays-peregrine-story-early-lessons/
For most of his life Peregrine lived at boarding barns. It was only in his final years that I was able to move him to a home of his own. The barn is still so full of his memories. We moved July 4th 2011. It was truly Independence Day for all our horses.
Peregrine shaped how the barn is used. He taught me to open all the doors. Throughout his life he was always opening doors. The most important one was the door to clicker training.
He is greatly loved, and he will always be greatly missed.