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post #1 of 11 Old 06-04-2010, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on trick horses?

What is your opinion of "trick horses", those which are taught to bow, throw a ball into a bucket, etc?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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Do you mean like, as riding horses? Or just opinions on whether or not to teach a horse tricks?

I used to ride an ex-circus pony. He was awesome!
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I don't think about them much, except that in an exhibition type of setting some of that stuff is mighty cute and clever.

Pretty useless in the scheme of things, but harmless and cute.
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I don't like my sisters pony, but I love her to bits, and am planning on teaching her some 'tricks', and working with her and my sister... just for the fun of things, you know? I don't see anything wrong with it, sure, it's useless, but why do people get so worked up?
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My horses do all sorts of wonderful tricks: Balanced walk, trot, canter transitions, flying lead changes, jumping solid obstacles, the list goes on... They also stand patiently while tied, pick up all of their feet to be trimmed and will load on/off trailers.

Plenty of tricks for my liking

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As long as the tricks are safe, I'm fine with them. However, some tricks (like rearing) can be detrimental should the horse be sold on without the new owner knowing about the cue.
Most tricks are cute and harmless, though :)

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I don't think about them much, except that in an exhibition type of setting some of that stuff is mighty cute and clever.

Pretty useless in the scheme of things, but harmless and cute.
I have to disagree with that there. How cool would it be if your horse could hold your grooming tote for you?

Sometimes when I've been working with my dogs a lot, It will cross my mind to tell Ice to do things like "sit" or "bring it". I usually laugh out loud about it, and people look at me funny.
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-05-2010, 08:00 PM
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I have to agree with SR, tricks can be very cute and entertaining but they don't have much use to someone like me. Give me a horse that will track a cow so I can rope it and then pull it into a trailer any day over a horse that can bow.

However, that being said, I am considering teaching Rafe how to either bow or camp out so that when he is grown, I can always get on him regardless of where I am. He is gonna be tall enough that getting on will be quite a chore with nothing to climb on.

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-06-2010, 08:18 PM
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I think that tricks are a great outlet for creative and curious horses. I would love for my horse to learn some tricks!
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-06-2010, 09:50 PM
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I have no use for tricks. I've taught things that are of help to me or the horse.

Jester will Carry my schoolbag if I hand it to him. Annie knows how to lift her foot on vocal command for the farrier. Rico knows how to back up on vocal command from the ground. And finally, little JJ will step onto a step stool. All useful to me on one way or the other.
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