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.)