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post #1 of 18 Old 09-23-2012, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Trick Training?

I really want to learn how to teach my horses tricks like lying down, sitting, bowing, pick up things and maybe rearing.

How do you teach them?

I also want to know what liberty and clicker training is and if It's worth having a go at?

And is rearing something that's worth teaching my horse in case she thinks she can do it when I'm riding her?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-23-2012, 01:17 AM
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I would never suggest teaching a horse to rear. I've witnessed the down side of this trick first hand and will always strongly discourage it.

I'll put it this way.. If anyone other than you will ever be handling your horse, it is not a good idea to teach them to rear. Aside from being hazardous to humans, it teaches your horse a behavior that is habit forming and usually strongly discouraged. Someone could end up punishing your him/her for a 'trick' that you taught them.

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there are tone of youtube vidoes out there for what your looking for . Check them out ! Some are amazing.
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-23-2012, 02:04 AM
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I'll second the not teaching the rearing. A friend taught my wife's horse to rear. He will do it if he gets confused about what you are asking or if he refuses what you want him to do.

Think of it this way. A horse will try anything that they do know how to do if the don't understand or are confused. Do you really want to take that chance of being in a bad predicament and your horse decides you are asking it to rear?

Trick training a horse to rear should be left to the professional trainers and done with a very finished horse.

Teaching a horse to kneel, bow, lay down, smile, etc would be fine. Search the web and Youtube and I'm sure you'll find several different ways.
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I'm going to agree with everyone else, rearing isn't a good trick to teach unless taught by a trained professional. There are too many risks involved, specially if you ever choose to sell the horse.

However, bowing is a great trick to teach - my horse knows that along with smile, hug, counting, etc. You'll find a heap of videos on all those tricks on YouTube. Or, there are even some books about trick training which you may find useful.

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Isnt everything we teach our horses a "trick"? What constitutes a trick?
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Saddlebag, I believe she means something which doesn't have a 'physical' purpose. For example, teaching your horse to back up/roll back is used when opening gates, daily rides, dessage tests, etc. Teaching your horse to bow, isn't used in your dressage test and doesn't help you to open a gate. There is no 'purpose' to teaching it.

Please, don't take that the wrong way. I strongly believe that teaching your horse these more 'recreational' tricks is very good for building trust and a partnership with your horse. Also, teaching your horse certain tricks (such as bow, when taught correctly) can be very valuable for your horses muscles and stretching.
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Liberty training is lots of fun and helps to form a strong bond with your horse. It can be paired with horse agility such as going through and over obstacles, pushing balls, etc. and whatever your imagination can dream up. I recently tried clicker training and while I felt it might work quite well, I found it confusing to know just when to click, and in combination with a lead/ lunge line and whip it was just too much in my hands to keep track of. That's just me though.
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I would never suggest teaching a horse to rear. I've witnessed the down side of this trick first hand and will always strongly discourage it.

I'll put it this way.. If anyone other than you will ever be handling your horse, it is not a good idea to teach them to rear. Aside from being hazardous to humans, it teaches your horse a behavior that is habit forming and usually strongly discouraged. Someone could end up punishing your him/her for a 'trick' that you taught them.
Thanks, I was thinking the same thing but wanted to know what everyone else thought.
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Liberty training is lots of fun and helps to form a strong bond with your horse. It can be paired with horse agility such as going through and over obstacles, pushing balls, etc. and whatever your imagination can dream up. I recently tried clicker training and while I felt it might work quite well, I found it confusing to know just when to click, and in combination with a lead/ lunge line and whip it was just too much in my hands to keep track of. That's just me though.
thank you I was reading about clicker and I was like how does that work I think I'd prefer to do liberty than clicker.

Do you know how to start liberty or/and good liberty youtube/websites?
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