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post #1 of 13 Old 04-14-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Tricks

Does anyone Know of some Cool Horse Tricks I could use on my Welsh Pony and if so how to do them .I just thought it would be fun to teach her some cool tricks ! Thanks

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-14-2012, 06:57 PM
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Funny, I've been a member here since last Nov. Haven't seen a trick thread until about last week when three of them popped up. Popular topic right now. :)
Try searching tricks and quite a few will pop up with lists of good tricks.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-14-2012, 03:39 PM
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I'm going to be teaching my mare how to bow and lay down. Those are some basic tricks but I think they'd be cool to do and teach.

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-14-2012, 05:22 PM
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Mmm... be careful with training particular tricks such as; rearing, lying down and pawing... I would say some good and safe tricks would be fetching, bowing, and nodding yes or no...

Bowing: bow

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Mmm... be careful with training particular tricks such as; rearing, lying down and pawing... I would say some good and safe tricks would be fetching, bowing, and nodding yes or no...

Bowing: bow

Fetch: How to Clicker Train a Horse to Fetch | eHow.com

Nodding: Teaching the Yes and No--Tricks for Your Horse thru Clicker Training
Thanks haha. I think that once the horse knows how to behave under saddle they won't (or shouldn't) do the tricks unless they are asked.

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Unfortunately that isn't always how they work out, my horse was previously taught to bow (before I got him) and will now try to go down every time I pick up his feet to clean them. Another horse I know was taught to lie down, and whenever you're doing anything with his feet he WILL go down completely. Not good, considering his owner is a tiny 10 year old girl who knows how to discipline but is physically too weak to do anything about it. Additionally, once a horse is taught to lie down they may be more prone to figuring out how to lie down under saddle to get out of work.

On the flip side, my horse has also been taught to follow you (walk, trot or canter depending on how fast you're going) to the mounting block and scooch his own butt over so he's in the perfect position for mounting. Also works on fences, rocks, logs, etc. my favourite 'trick' and one I think is useful for all horses ESPECIALLY those who are often on the trail.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-14-2012, 08:05 PM
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That is very true.. I'd say my mare is totally different from that, but I would be lying. Of course, both her dam and sire are smart and pick their feet up at word commands so training my mare has been interesting.

A mounting block would be wonderful for myself, haha as I'm like.. 5"1' tall and the horses I ride are somewhat tall (14.5 - 15+ hh as of right now) haha

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Unfortunately that isn't always how they work out, my horse was previously taught to bow (before I got him) and will now try to go down every time I pick up his feet to clean them. Another horse I know was taught to lie down, and whenever you're doing anything with his feet he WILL go down completely. Not good, considering his owner is a tiny 10 year old girl who knows how to discipline but is physically too weak to do anything about it. Additionally, once a horse is taught to lie down they may be more prone to figuring out how to lie down under saddle to get out of work.
That is mostly due to improper training of how to do the trick. IMHO. If you spend enough time establishing the only time WHEN they can lye down(you asking them), and leave NO exceptions for it, Especially in the beggining(Sp?) stages of the trick. "Oh, my horse Fluffy just learned to lye down, and even though he lyed down while I was lunging him, I don't want to punish him because he just learning this trick... And I don't want to discourage him." Sure, their is probably some horses who still do the trick to avoid work, BUT, if you establish it from the very beggining, of when to do the trick, the likelyhood of this will be rare. You just need to know how to teach it.
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Thanks haha. I think that once the horse knows how to behave under saddle they won't (or shouldn't) do the tricks unless they are asked.
Ehh... probably wont work like that Hehe. They shouldnt but they might!
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I'm confused by your last two posts Legend. Do you think they wont do the tricks unless asked, or do you think that they might?
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