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    07-19-2010, 05:59 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm I love tricks, lol, my horse I have now is not the least bit interested in tricks or stuff like that :( lol not even for food! :(

Hmmmm I like the bowing, I think you should try to train her to play dead or something! Like when you hold up a toy gun or something and go BANG! Really lowdly she lays down and pretends to be dead xD that would be cute! Lol
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    07-20-2010, 03:19 AM
Yeahh I think ill try that one, other than thefact she wont even lie down I nthe field if your by her.But ill try try and try again!
    07-20-2010, 03:21 AM
Originally Posted by AmberPick    
If someone doesn't want to teach their horse tricks that's fine, even understandable. But do I give a crap? Nope, and I bet you don't either, that's why you didn't ask. Rudeness ticks me off, especially when things can be said politely.

Anyways, I like the bowing the most I think! Do you have a video of her little side step thing?

It is not side pass, it is just her crossing her legs,but I will turn it into a side pass whilest riding.I don't have a video at te moment but I shall get one! And yeahh I was ot asking for there imput on doing tricks, they could have said ti politly anyway!
    07-20-2010, 05:18 AM
Green Broke
I think the bowing one is cute. I would have loved to have a horse that does tricks.

Some people don't like tricks, some do. Some people view horses as only things to ride, other people keep them purely as pets. As long as she's happy and safe I think its fine.
    07-20-2010, 08:43 AM
Originally Posted by AmberPick    
If someone doesn't want to teach their horse tricks that's fine, even understandable. But do I give a crap? Nope, and I bet you don't either, that's why you didn't ask. Rudeness ticks me off, especially when things can be said politely.
I agree. Rudeness sucks. Hence the reason I do not tend to tell people I do not give a crap.

The farrier bowing thing - one of the kids at the barn thought it would be cute to teach their pony to bow. Used the treat between the legs technique. Then they had the joy of trying to un teach it because just like was mentioned, the farrier tried to work on the horse and the horse figured that since they were down there a treat must be involved and the pony would bow.

That one took quite a while to fix.

I use the same theory with my horse that I do with my dogs. I do not teach them any trick I do not want them doing on their own when I am standing there with something they want. Rearing and pawing fit into that category. (As does shake and speak with my dog.)
    07-20-2010, 08:44 AM
I personally don't find anything wrong with teaching your horse tricks. My Lekota is a liberty trick horse. She is trained to Spanish walk, say yes/no, hold and walk with a flag, rear, shake hands etc. I have never had a problem with her rearing when she isn't cued to. But I am VERY particular who I allow to handle her.
    07-20-2010, 08:54 AM
I like some tricks-I do the bowing as a stretching excercise myself, and we have a horse at the barn who fetches.......if we drop something and tell him to go get it (a glove, brush, etc) he will go get it and trade it for a treat! Pretty cool, and, no, he is not mouthy when not fetching. Some tricks are fun. Some people just don't "get it" I guess. :)
    07-20-2010, 09:56 AM
I totally get it. I guess I have just been around too many horses (and dogs) who have been taught that if I do my tricks I get treats.

Teaching tricks tends to be an attractive thing to people who want to be buddies with their horses (not saying this is the case with people here). Which means they are the same people who think it is so freaking cute when Dobbin is offering to shake when they come up with the feed bin. Or it is just wonderful when Dobbin bows when all they do is walk around to his side. They see that as Dobbin loving to do tricks and see how great it is that Dobbin has learned them so well. Not that Dobbin is now associated incorrect cues with a way to get treats and rewards which makes Dobbin dangerous to unknowing people.

Originally Posted by silverspur
but I am VERY particular who I allow to handle her.

Which is great. If you plan to always own her and no one else can mistakenly give her the cue and get hurt.
    07-20-2010, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I have to agree with the rearing trick. I bought a horse a couple of years ago that would rear on command. I ended up bringing him back because he started rearing any time he wanted.

It's nice to have a trained horse but be careful with which tricks you teach them.

BTW, there is nothing wrong with teaching a horse tricks.
My horse Pistol was taught to rear on command at age 3. At age 26 he will still rear on command. But... he does that whole "rearing any time he wants" also.
    07-20-2010, 10:33 AM
I also want to add that I do not give treats as a reward, never have. Lekota is with me for life, but if something were to ever happen and I had no choice but to move her on, I have a fantastic trick home for her.

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