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Horse Hero present the next video in Clicker Training for Horses with Amanda Martin, SMAART Horse Company;

Balance in Horse and Rider; on the Ground and Ridden

“Good balance is a pre-requisite for long term soundness,” says clicker trainer Amanda Martin. “It’s also the foundation for lateral work.” But before teaching Marco to move sideways, student Tasmin must correct her own postural balance as the horse will mirror this. Amanda becomes a ‘human horse’ working with Tasmin on the ground, so Tasmin can experiment with body language. Transferring this to in-hand work with Marco, Tasmin clicks as he begins to engage the inside hind leg. “The horse must find and maintain his own balance rather than us micro-managing him, then it can be transferred to ridden work,” says Amanda.

You can see the whole video here.

Horse Hero present the next video in Clicker Training for Horses with Amanda Martin, SMAART Horse Company;
The Mounting Block Lesson

“Lining your horse up to the mounting block to get on can be a challenge. Clicker trainer Amanda Martin says “decide what you want and train for that instead”. The aim of the session is for Tamsin to teach Marco to stand square to the block, whilst at liberty, and present the saddle to her to mount. By walking a circle to the block, Tamsin is able to click and treat Marco for stopping close by. Amanda explains how to prevent him from swinging his quarters out, which is especially useful when getting on out hacking with limited room. By fine tuning the timing of rewards, Marco works out exactly how to stand and remains still for Tamsin to mount. Mission complete!

You can see the whole video here.

Amanda is a Speaker at the Equine Clicker Training Conference in the UK on 23 September 2012

Your first topic is called “What a cue can do” now that’s a catchy title, could you tell me a little more about it?

‘What a cue can do’ is, as the title says, all about cues.  They are not as simple and one-dimensional as they first appear.  So I thought it would be fun to take people on the first steps of the journey through the more complex world of the cue; what it is, how it works as a cue and more than a cue, how to teach solid cues and what cues really can do for us.   Clicker training for me is all about building a solid and trusting relationship with the horse, and them with me.  Once we really start to understand cues, how powerful they are and how to use them to help us with our training plans (not just simply using them to ask for behaviours) they can help us with that relationship.  The relationship with our horse will grow with consistency and clarity in the conversation we have with them, and that starts with the cue for a behaviour.

Understanding cues is a foundation of good clicker training and I hope this presentation helps people with how to use cues as a key part of their training plans.

Balance in the Horse & Rider; through Food Delivery Awareness

When we are working with our horses on the ground if we can become more aware of balance in our horse and ourselves then we can do more than just teach the horse behaviours and movements.  We can start to teach ourselves and our horses about balance and riding in balance, even though we are on the ground.  So this presentation takes a very simple ground manners exercise with the horse and adds on the layers of detail that show just how we can prepare ourselves and our horses for riding.  By becoming aware of and teaching this level of detail on the ground begins to look like a flowing dance.  As a result the rides we will have on our horse will be beautifully balanced and will look like we are dancing with our horse.


Amanda presents the next video in the Horse Hero video series about Clicker Training for Horses; Stand on a Mat

“Learning to stand on a mat has lots of benefits” says clicker trainer Amanda Martin. “The horse learns foot and body awareness, how to judge distances, balance better and stand square.” Amanda asks Tamsin to click and treat Marco for putting his front feet on the mat and also for backing off, as well as responding to her rope aids. Gradually, Marco has to work harder for his rewards and stand with his front feet square, then all four square. The pair progress to ‘ground tying’ where Marco is parked on the mat while Tamsin walks away. The aim is to build up the time and distance Tamsin is away from Marco, even leaving the school!

See clip of the video below and follow the link to see it in full on the horse Hero web site.

Amanda Martin is Presenting at the
Equine Clicker Conference, 23 Sept 2012

“Amanda is the only UK approved instructor for Alexandra Kurland’s “The Click that Teaches”.

Her training is about more than teaching good balance and performance; she also teaches people how to have a powerful and meaningful relationship with their horse that evolves out of understanding why their horses behave the way they do.

That relationship takes ‘ordinary’ balance and performance and makes it ‘extraordinary’.”

How to Worm a Horse – NO FUSS & NO FORCE !

Horses know that worming is going to be an unpleasant experience, as it tastes horrid! “So it can take longer to teach the horse to accept worming without fuss and without force” says clicker trainer Amanda Martin. Initially, Amanda clicks and treats the gelding every time he touches the tube with his nose…..follow the link to see the full video.

1 July 2012 – S.M.A.A.R.T. Horses will be at the Happy Endings Rescue Centre open day.  There will be clicker training demos and Amanda will be available all day to answer any of your clicker questions.  The address is Hillside, Well Lane, Ospringe, Faversham, ME13 0SD.


May 2012
We have just started filming with Horse Hero.  The first of the series of videos is published on the Horse Hero web site.  See the video preview.  Please see the Media page for more Horse Hero videos by S.M.A.A.R.T. Horses.

2 – 5 June 2012 – Amanda will be at The Click That Teaches Clicker Training Clinic with Alexandra Kurland.

25 – 27 May 2012 – Amanda will be at the Irish Clicker Center with Alexandra Kurland and Mary Concannon for The Click That Teaches Clicker Training Clinic.  Why not book a place on the clinic ?

March 2012 – Amanda was asked to contribute to an e-book that has just been published (March 2012).  To access a copy of the book and to see a preview, click on the picture to the left.

March 2012 – S.M.A.A.R.T. Horses have been asked to film with Horse Hero in 2012.  Watch this space for updates and links to the videos.

18 June 2011 – Lanark RC Equine Expo, Mid drumloch Farm, East KilbrideCome and see what clicker training is all about, see just a small number of things you can achieve in the clicker training demo that Amanda will be doing on behalf of SMAART Horses.

August, September, October 2011 – See us in Horse Scene MagazineHorseScene

Association of Pet Dog Trainers - Dog Training ProfessionalsSeptember 2011 – Amanda Martin, B.Sc., M.Sc., CAP 2, HAAT is now a Full Member of the APDT.

October 2011 – Amanda Martin B.Sc., M.Sc., CAP 2 is now also HAAT (Horse Agility Accredited trainer).  For Positive Horse Agility events with SMAART Horses in your area please contact us or see our calendar of events.


Your Horse Live, 12 and 13 November 2011 –We will be exhibiting at Your Horse Live this year.YHL 2012

Come along and meet SMAART Horses and see the wide range of clicker training equipment, books and DVDs offered.

If you are organising an event and would like us to bring our trade stand please use our online form to contact us.