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post #1 of 8 Old 09-21-2008, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does Anyone Know Any Tricks ??

I really want to teach my horse a few tricks before I sell him (sadly I am selling him)(he has suprisingly gotten smaller over time, if know what I mean). Just fairly simple ones, though he is OVERLY smart. Maybe a bow or something like that.

Any idea's and if you know how, that would be even better.
Even a really good book, or website would also help.

Thanks !!

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-24-2008, 02:53 PM
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The bow as I understand it is pretty simple. You tap on his feet with a dressage whip until he stands parked in his front end, then use a treat to get him to put his head down between his front legs. He will get more and more ambitious about treats, so will stretch farther down with his head and he will bow. I had a problem with them kinda looking weird because they weren't stretched out enough, lol. They aren't very good at it, but I'm not great at teaching them that one. . .
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-24-2008, 05:34 PM
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Trickonometry is a fun book. It gives step-by-step directions on how to teach tricks. A family came to look at Scout (they like having horses as pasture pets, which is EXACTLY what I wanted), and they thought it was HILARIOUS that he shakes his head when I ask him if he's a bad boy.

For that trick, take a hoof pick (or nail or something) and tap them on the neck. They will, in theory, shake their head to get the "fly" off of their neck. When they shake, reward with carrot or whatever gets your horse. Keep doing it, add a word cue "are you bad?" or whatever you want him to shake his head NO to, and keep going until you don't need to tap their neck.

The problem with Scout is that I taught him to give kisses first, so whenever I came up to him with a treat, he tried to give me a kiss so I would push his head away and ask for shaking his head no. Now, whenever I push his face away from giving me a kiss, he shakes his head no. Oh well...LOL I guess I'm not that great at trick training, but the family thought it was cute.


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post #4 of 8 Old 09-25-2008, 12:32 AM
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I used trickonometry too. And now when feeding time comes, I'm getting kisses left and right lol. I also highly recommend that book. My guys know how to hug, kiss, and one how to bow.

Best of luck!

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-25-2008, 02:46 AM
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Yes, I agree that is a good book. My daughter has taught her Mounted Patrol horses to "smile". You take a treat and hold it up just out of reach of their mouth. They will wiggle their upper lip to try to get the treat. She kinda "flicks" her wrist up with her index finger pointing as she says "smile". After a while, you can do either the hand signal and/or verbal command and they will smile. (then give them a treat) the kids really love it!
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-25-2008, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I have started to get him to bow down, with one leg back. He doesnt quiet understand yet, but is very close. He puts his leg back, and puts his head down, like a bow, but it doesnt quite look the part YET....

I will also try the nodding/shaking of the head, I think he will catch that one quite quickly....
I have seen that book around, but as I am selling him soon (and already have a horse that is well, on the dopey side of things) I wont really worry about taking it all to serious. Just a few fun things for the next person to have fun with.

Thanks guys !!

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-27-2008, 10:52 AM
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My dads cousin taught his horse to count with his front foot, not exactly sure how but after you teach the other things maybe try getting him to count.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-04-2008, 05:05 AM
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i taught my horse to bow by lifing his front leg (
as if picking out his foot) and offering him treats between his front legs, this makes him bend down, if you gently allow his knee lower he bows down more, do thi gradually and you'll soon get to the point where his knee is on the floor and the front of his head is flat on the floor as you treat him. v cute! for more help with hose training you could try going to a site called there are training video's on there and they really are great! by people like British Dressge's Olympic star Laura Betcholstiemer.
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