This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......

Thursday, 19 November 2009

My Clicker Training Article in Print!!!!

I've just found out that an article I wrote about clicker training my ponies is going to appear in the Christmas edition of Smallholder magazine!!!!!!!

I had a bad day yesterday, the first for months. It was because I was so upset that I can't show my lovely bull to David. All my friends came to see him, including my two farmer friends, and they were all very enthusiastic about him but I couldn't get past the fact that David was the one I most wanted to show him to; he would have been so proud to own him. This is just the lift I needed to get me back into positive thinking and motivating me to get on with training my ponies again, and in the Christmas edition too!!!!!!!

I sent loads of photos too but I wasn't wearing a hat, as usual, so I don't know if they'll use them, but seeing my first ever clicker training article in print........

I've just found a link to my one and only previous attempt at journalism, about my ewe appearing in a televison program, if anyone would like to read it;


  1. How exciting that they are going to print your article!

    I think it is so wonderful that you are working to share clicker training with others.

    Mary H.

  2. Very exciting - maybe it will inspire more horse (and dog) owners to try clicker!

  3. Awesome!! Congrats!! It is exciting to think that you will be educating folks about clicker training.

  4. Honey, Don't you think David is watching you from Heaven and approving. He is probably thinking you are totally awesome in that you could put your life back together and move forward without him. Keep his approval in the back of your mind and try not to let the negative overwhelm you. Look at all you have done in the last few month and feel proud. Very proud. I would not be unhappy with you if you patted yourself on the back now and then. You deserve it. Congrats on the article. Well done, you. Think about maybe putting it on here for those of us who do not receive the magazine. I would love to read it. (Found my clicker yesterday when I turned out the back room. I think I may play with my fatty Fjords with it. I had used it to try to move a badly abused Holsteiner gelding past his problems but he was more than I could handle and had to pass him on. He almost broke my heart. I tried.)

  5. Thank you all so much and some new names too! It's so kind of you all to read this and take a interest - thank you!!!!

    phaedra98, that is such a lovely thing to say and you are so kind - thank you! I'm sorry to hear about your Holsteiner but you tried your best and your hardest - that's all any of us can ever do.

    My lodger, a lovely young man of only 21 who is wise far beyond his years, after guessing that I was depressed last night text me this today. He said;

    "Rememeber that David would be proud of what you've achieved. Also wherever you are David will be right there beside you. You are never alone."

    I am so lucky to have all of you as my friends and whenever I'm feeling lonely I think of you all wishing me well and cheering me on. You are all so kind and generous and I can never thank you all enough.

  6. Helen, just read your article. How fun and how funny. A sheep actually doing what one wishes her to do!!!! That in itself is amazing but then she seems to be an amazing ewe.

  7. Well done with the article, great to get clicker more widely known.
    I write quite a bit about better worming using worm counts for Westgate labs (exciting eh) and it's good to see your efforts in print.