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Loopy Training and the Poisoned Cue. Presented by Alexandra Kurland

  • Monday, April 01, 2019
  • 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 01, 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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Most of us are familiar with behaviour chains - behaviours are linked together and performed one after another.  The metaphor of a chain is easy to visualise, but the problem with the image is it tends to be linear.  That may be how the final sequence of behaviours are performed, but it is not the best way to teach them.  Training in loops is a much more effective image. In this programme we’ll explore what that means.

Learning Objectives

We will:
  • Define Loopy Training
  • Look at example/non-example
  • Define movement cycles and their connection to Loopy Training
  • Revisit the Poisoned Cue research - what does it tell us about Loopy Training?
  • Design well constructed loops that include emotional balance
  • Apply the Loopy Training mantra to training: Getting Started
  • Develop larger patterns out of simple loops 
  • Avoid extinction by priming the Loopy Training pump 
  • Define Extinction and look at the emotional fallout 
  • Explore the roles micro extinction and resurgence play in shaping

About The Presenter

Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialised in animal behaviour. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

Her web sites are:
theclickercentercourse.com and


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