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    07-25-2007, 03:35 PM
Trick Training

Here is the debate question:

Trick training; is it a good thing, is it too dangerous, or is it just a waste of time? (Or anything other opinions/views you may have on it)

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    07-25-2007, 03:50 PM
Everything is too dangerous. Nothing is too dangerous. It all depends on the hands of the person doing the training, right? I can wear spurs the size of the Indian Ocean and it's not dangerous because I know where my heels are. Can't say that of some other folks I know.

Tricks are like magic acts. A good magician can make the most insane things look easy, but me? I'd drown in a bowl of cheerios given the opportunity. Tricks with horses are the same thing. Wish I knew how to make my horse rear up like Silver, then I could pretend I was the Lone Ranger. Or, Rangerette as the case may be.
    07-25-2007, 04:04 PM
Yeah I know a trick trainer who teaches his horse diffrent tricks. I looked up to him until I found out he uses a shock collor....
    07-25-2007, 04:42 PM
Eesh a shock collar? That's weird for training...

There was one instance where I actually put my dogs shock collar on one of our horses. He was abusing our filly really badly. She was upset seperated from him and our other gelding, but got beat up with him. It was this whole big drama and they never settled their dispute. She had gashes, hoof marks from getting kicked, etc. When I was there he knew better, but I couldn't hang out in the pasture all day. So I put the collar on him (it was designed for tiny dogs, so it had low voltage...and I had to attach extra normal collars to it to lengthen it.

In any case, it was a lower voltage than an electric fence, and we do it to dogs and don't think its mean, so I thought I'd try it. I could see them from the window and when he'd chase her and corner her and start trying to abuse her I'd push the button. He thought SHE did it to him! I honestly think he thought that she'd kicked him, and after a few days he stopped. I took the collar off and never had to put it back on. (I think he had aggression issues. If one of the other horses rolled, he'd attack them while they were on the ground, very angrily. He had a screw loose somewhere. He also tried to kill cats...never dogs, only cats.)

Anyways, I personally think trick training is a great way to teach your horse something fun and keep his mind fresh as long as you take your time and make sure you follow the instruction of a professional who knows how to trick train (because lets face it, if your horse starts laying down like you taught him in the middle of a horse show you might have some problems. Lol)
    07-25-2007, 07:22 PM
(because lets face it, if your horse starts laying down like you taught him in the middle of a horse show you might have some problems. Lol)
My sister and I both had a horse years ago that laid down on us during a showmanship class. Mine was at an open show, her's at the state 4-H finals. Talk about an embarrassing moment
    07-26-2007, 07:15 AM
I think it's OK as long as the trainer knows what he's doing. I saw the trick trainer Tommie Turvey on Horse Expo this year and I must say he was very good explaining why you don't want to jump on sitting horse (can be really bad on their legs etc) and so on. He seemed to be person who really cares about the horse. And he did lots of hand feeding too. Lol! But horses were just amazing!
    07-26-2007, 03:08 PM
I just taught my 4 yr old his first trick...HAHA it's not that impressive as lying down on command but anyways....when I put him in cross-ties, he yawns all the time...but when he does he looks like a mule! So...I started praising him when he did it, and within 20 min I could say "Mule Face!" and he would let out this ugly (and cute) yawn! It's so funny and all of the kids at our barn love it! So, now I ask him, "Ronan, what do you think of mules?" and he opens his mouth, sticks out his tongue, and makes this really goofy face! It's hilarious! I'll have to post a video of him doing it!

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