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    08-01-2011, 09:58 PM
More tricks!!

I own a 3 year old miniature mare named Nosy, and I have already taught her the words, 'shake,' 'bow,' step up', 'kiss', and 'hug.' She knows the words 'whoa,' 'walk,' and 'trot,' also. Do you have any more trick suggestions??
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    08-02-2011, 01:20 PM
Watch yourself with too much bowing, my vet said it can be bad on their knees.

You can teach her yes and no questions. I taught my friends horse to shake his head yes if I ask him if he thinks he's God. Sneezing on command is always a funny trick. I also taught my friends horse to stick out his tongue at me when I stick my out at him.
    08-02-2011, 04:39 PM
You could teach her to pick things up when you drop them(like a bandanna), to come to you when you whistle, and stand on a stool...:)
    08-02-2011, 07:19 PM
Ok thanks!! I really like your ideas!! I'm definitely going to try teaching her to pick things up, but how exactly will she know what to do?

And also, how can I get her to stick her tongue out at me when I do it to her??

Also, what about the yes and no questions? Should I just have a treat in my hand and then when she shakes her head, I'll give her the treat, right?
Sorry, I'm kind of new to this stuff, so if you could explain how to do the tricks, that would be great! Thanks!
    08-02-2011, 08:09 PM
I assume that with the picking things up you'll have to wrap food in a bannna or something to get her to pick it up initially, but then I don't really know, you'll have to research it. Good luck!
    08-02-2011, 08:58 PM
I taught my mini to levade (rear), spanish walk, and piaffe so far. Those things I don't like to think of so much as "tricks" but more dressage movements like you would see in classical dressage, just with a mini :)
I have only been training this mini for about 2 months and he seems to love it. Plus if they are done right they are truly beutiful movements.
    08-02-2011, 11:17 PM
Ok thanks everybody!! Can't wait to try out these new tricks!!
How in the world did you teach your horse to rear, though?? And if you get them to rear, won't that teach them a bad habit??
    08-02-2011, 11:42 PM
I taught him to rear by having long lines on both sides of the halter (like reins would go) and asking him to go forward by clicking or wisteling and for me I say "levade". So he wants to go forward but Im holding him back with the lines and so usually the horse wants to back up, don't let him back up with your crop. Then when they can not go forward or back they decide to go up!

Usually they are confused at first but be patient and reward a little try. My horse knows not to unless I ask him to and I only ask him to when he has long lines on. I've never had a problem with using it against me because (for my mini at least) it takes extra effort and he would rather not unless I ask.
    08-03-2011, 02:11 AM
Well for the yes and no stuff, I just would reward him for shaking his head at all when I raised my fingers. Once he learned to do that I put voice commands to it. The reward can be treats or just some hard core loving.

Tongue out is very similar. When he would stretch his jaw and stick his tongue out, I would stick mine out and then I scratched him a lot and told him he was such a good boy. Pretty soon, if I stuck mine out, he stuck his out because he wanted the reward.
    08-03-2011, 05:58 PM
I'd love to know how to get a horse to shake it's head YES or NO! I saw that on Pet Star or whatever and thought it was hilarious but could not fathom how to teach a horse to do it. It seems like it would take a certain personality. Making the horse shake "Yes" would probably be easier than "No". Teaching my mare to fetch would be easy... If there's food in something, she will pick it up and carry it around hoping a human will spot her and open it for her (I guess!). Once she carried a bag of animal crackers around for 10 minutes.

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