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post #1 of 11 Old 09-22-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Trick Training?

Anyone know of any good videos or guides on how to trick train a horse? I have a book now (can't think of the name right now, I can get it later), but it just doesn't seem to work for a few of my horses.
I've already taught Dante how to lay down when I ask him to (mostly because he always used to decide that he was tired of doing what I asked, so he'd just lay down... I started saying "Get down" everytime he started to lay, and eventually he picked up that when I said "get down" he was supposed to lay down... I didn't expect it to work, honestly. ), and Bandit will try to offer his hoof to you if you say "Nice to meet you!" and hold out your hand, but he won't pick it up very high, so it doesn't really work.

I'm mostly interested in teaching my big gelding to lay down, or at least sort of bow, so that I can get on his back a little easier.
I also sort of want to teach Magic and Tanner to bow and rear of command (from the saddle) -- I told one of my friends that if they ever run a great time in barrels, I should have them bow down before they leave the ring, just to be silly.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-22-2009, 08:27 PM
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Ooh, good question. With my main man being retired, I was wanting to teach him some ground tricks, too, like nodding and shaking his head, picking things up, etc.

What y'all got for us? ^_^

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Ooh, good question. With my main man being retired, I was wanting to teach him some ground tricks, too, like nodding and shaking his head, picking things up, etc.

What y'all got for us? ^_^
Oh, I read somewhere how to teach a horse to nod and shake it's head.
For a nod:
Just kinda poke it in the chest, with a pen or something, so the horse thinks it's a fly bite. When the horse moves it's head up and down at all, reward him, and try again until he gets it perfect!
Same with shaking his head, except I think you're supposed to poke it just below the mane or on the shoulder.
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I always thought that teaching my Mustang to bow and teaching him the Spanish walk would be so much fun. I would love to learn how to teach tricks too! He is naturally a show off so I think he would be a good candidate.

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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Our mustang gives hugs lol! He just kinda offered it one day and we popped a treat in his mouth at just the right time and now he's lookin for us to ask him for a hug! lol. Although he doesn't get a treat hardly anymore, he likes applause just as much lol!
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How cool , ...^^ I didnt know you had a Mustang! : )

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Yep he's my mom's horse. He's such a goof.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-22-2009, 09:58 PM
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keep sessions breif and dont move to fast. Clicker training works great. I taught my horse to give kisses in a matter of minutes. It's all about timing. And you have to reward even the smallest effort.

heres an article on bowing.
http://www.equusite.com/articles/trick/trickBow.shtml

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The problem I've found with trick/clicker training is that a lot of times people are at a loss when they don't have treats....it's really a matter of getting the horse to do things for you because he WANTS to. Just something to keep in mind.
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true. your slowly supposed to take the treats away once they get the idea of what you want. Only giving them every few times to not giving them at all. But still reward with petting and scratches.

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