About a month ago I started to teach her to bow. (I would show her a treat and let her follow my hand inbetween her legs until she came down) But she kept knocking her head on her knees or her knees would buckle out becuse she is so tall. So I decided I wanted to find an easier way to do the trick, something that wouldnt be uncomfortable for her. I taught her this in the barn but it is best to not have your horse tied so if your horse will wonder off do it in a round pen. I took a treat, handful of grain/carrot what ever I had and let her smell it then I would rub the front of her leg, letting her know I wanted her to do something with the leg. As soon as she moved the leg I touched even if she just barely picked it up I would immediately reward her. I saw it was easy to work with the leg she was more comfortable with, for my mare it was her left leg. If your horse doesn't understand pick her foot up and then give her the treat. Then you can move to rubbing her leg (On the front of her chest) and ask for it. Use a simple term that she can relate to it, a word you don't use for anything else. After she started picking up her leg on command I would hold the treat by her chest and say head down. The next time you ask for her to lift her leg by rubbing it say head down and she should naturally put it there looking for the traet. Everytime she does it reward her immediately.
The kiss trick I taught her while she was in her stall. Her stall is low and there is a space she can put her head through. I was in the barn and she kept putting her head through trying to get my attention. Well I would hold a handful of grain and put my head close to hers and say "kiss" she didn't understand at first but she would nudge me with her head and everytime she did I would say kiss right away and give her a treat after. When I took her out of the stall I would lower my head and say "Kiss" and she would nudge me. The only thing with this trick is you have to be careful because horses that are pushy tend to shove with their noses and can hurt you if they swing their heads up to fast. That's why I lower my head so she doesnt have to move far to give me a kiss. If your horse gets ruff say "No" loudly and do not reward them. I am going to try and start recording the tricks I teach her so when I post it I'll give you the web address. It's kind of hard describing word for word the way to teach tricks because every horse is a little different but I hope I did it well enough. I am really proud of her and its crazy how quick she learns. It's like it takes me a week to think of something I want her to do and ten min for her to learn it lol!
And yes, they are ALL eating their words. They didn't believe me when I told them yesterday so when they were all there today I walked her up and she did without me even having to touch her. All by voice command, it was truly amazing! And I don't see their quarter horses doing it, lol! Although they could if they were taught.