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The Click That Teaches Lesson Three: Head Lowering: Your Calm Down Cue  by Alexandra Kurland


The Click That Teaches Lesson Three: Head Lowering: Your Calm Down Cue
Alexandra Kurland

When Alexandra started “The Click That Teaches” video lesson series, this was the video that she most wanted to make. Head lowering can be such a transforming exercise for many horses. Most of us know that horses tend to be calmer when their heads are down. This lesson does more than just calm a horse down. It helps to put an end to barging, rearing, bullying behavior. It develops emotional control and stabilizes the good behavior we want. It is a key foundation lesson for all advanced training.

This DVD will help put an end to barging, rearing, bullying behavior.
* develops emotional control and stabilizes good behavior
* shifts the horse’s weight off its front end in preparation for advanced work


Most of us know that horses tend to be calmer when their heads are down. We know that dropping the horse’s head below the withers can have a calming effect, but this lesson takes you much further than that. Based on the John Lyon’s “Demand Cue to Calm Down”, you’ll learn how to reverse the horse’s natural tendency to pull against pressure.


Imagine the following: your horse has stepped on his lead, or set back against a tie. In the past he would have felt trapped by the pressure and pulled harder, but after you’ve taken him through the head lowering lesson on this tape, he’ll understand that there’s another option.Now he’ll yield to the pressure and drop his head. Instead of having a wreck, he’ll know how to put the slack back into the lead.

Or maybe your horse is the one that rears when he gets excited. On the ground or under saddle his response to pressure is to stand up on his hind legs. With this lesson, you’ll show him alternatives to these theatrics that will make him much safer to be around.

Or suppose you’ve taken your horse to the county fair. Your friend’s horse is going crazy, leaping and rearing up. But you’ve taught your horse the “demand cue to calm down”. You’ve given him a way to handle his fear.

This lesson teaches your horse patience. It shows you how to build duration with the clicker. If you’ve experimented with clicker training, you’ve probably discovered how eager horses become to show off behaviors they’ve learned. That can be great fun at first, but it may not feel very stable. Your horse may feel like an equine yo yo, offering the same bits of behavior over and over again to earn reinforcement. This tape shows you how to combine the clicker with pressure and release of pressure to build duration into the head-lowering behavior. In the process your horse will be learning patience. He’ll learn that if he wants to earn reinforcement, he has to control his fidgety, fussy, push-into-you, run-for-the-next-county desires. Instead he has to stand quietly waiting for you to click.

Head-lowering teaches emotional control, and it also teaches physical balance. If your goal is up-level performance, the head lowering exercise is an important foundation skill. Why? Because this head-lowering exercise teaches your horse how to shift his weight back into his hindquarters and to stretch through the entire length of his spine. If your horse leans down onto his shoulders, or over-flexes laterally, this exercise will teach him how to get up off his shoulders and elevate the base of his neck. The more you ask your horse to collect, the more you also need to be able to ask him to stretch down through his whole spine.


This title is in the following categories:

Clicker Training
Natural Horse Training
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