Once we have taught our horse to park on a mat, we can begin to teach WAIT. WAIT is parking with duration. Along with duration, we can teach WAIT while we go further and further away from the horse.
We can then generalize by asking the horse to:
- Wait in unusual places including over, between or on obstacles.
- Wait to be invited through gates, into and out of wash-bays and stalls.
- Wait as a way to explain ‘being tied up’ to the horse.
- Wait for mounting/dismounting or harnessing/unharnessing.
- Wait while we go out of sight.
- Wait to enter a trailer/truck and wait to be asked to exit a trailer/truck.
- Wait during husbandry care – grooming, tending feet, vet procedures.
- Wait while we adjust our camera position.
- Wait while we move around obstacles we are using for training.
- Wait anytime and anywhere. Maybe paired with ground-tying.
- Wait while we talk to another person.
- Wait for our turn at a competition.
Horse and handler agree on WAIT signals and horse is able to WAIT in a variety of situations.
Horse understands that going to a mat yields a click&treat. https://youtu.be/xMaZWt5gK2o
Horse is keen to target feet to a variety of mats in a variety of venues. https://youtu.be/GotLjG8931I
Generalizing mats to different places.
Park and Wait: https://youtu.be/UvjKr9_U0ys
Parking out of Sight: https://youtu.be/X4rmbVvE6nw