"Finally, do have any experience with TAGteach? If not, get it. Now. www.tagteach.com "
from the introduction to the series.
|tagulators, lined up in the tack room for young students|
|using games to build balance|
So how does using TAGteach help our horses? It makes us better instructors. The more clearly we teach, the more our students progress. The sooner they ride better, the more comfortable the horses will be. Or the more easily understood the cues on the ground will be.
|mounting practice without the pony|
Other lessons may take place in the saddle but using TAGteach methodologies gives us the ability to work at slower gaits. I once had a woman who struggled to release with her hands sufficiently over a fence. She knew she should, and I showed her on the ground where her hands should go, but in the heat of cantering down to a fence and jumping it, she was unable to repeat it. This poor release showed up in her entire position. Not only was the horse's mouth yanked on but she fell back into the saddle, rather than being in a position to absorb the landing in her own joints.
Enter TAGteach. I placed a marker in the horse's mane. I carry duct tape of various colors in my teaching bag for this purpose. Without it, I've been known to yank out my own pony tail to hold a braid in the horse's mane as a marker. Then, at a standstill, I tagged the woman for placing her hands in the correct position. First, just her hands, then while using her whole jumping position. TAGteach gives us the same repetition success as clicker training. She didn't have to canter over ten jumps, fatiguing her horse, to get ten successful reps of the position change. Her horse just stood. The marker did its magic, cementing that position into place. Then she went back to the jump. With that "muscle memory" established, and a clearly marked spot to put her hands over the fence, she nailed it the first time. And every time after that. Horse's mouth and back were spared. Magic. Nope, science.
|a nice soft contact, free of restricting noseband|
Finally, students who experience TAGteach can make connections to working with their horses. When we stop nagging them, we model how to stop nagging ponies. When we teach with compassion, we make it a safe space for them to show compassion for their horses. When we use scientifically sound learning theory, we demonstrate how it works for all species.