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    12-17-2011, 03:19 PM
Question Trick training: carrying things

I'm trying to teach my mare to grab a thing (let's say a bucket) with her mouth and give it to me. We're doing it only for 2 day and she understands what I want from her, for now at least. She goes to the bucket and starts licking the edge when I point to it and say the word.

I am a bit confused though, how to actually teach her to grab the bucket with her teeth.
Do you have an idea how I could encourage her to grab the bucket?
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    12-17-2011, 04:39 PM
Can you start with something smaller? I dabbled in this a bit but never pursued it. What worked to start was taking something lightweight and easily grab-able and giving an incentive to hold it. For example, a water bottle dipped in molassas. My gelding would pick it up and hold it while sucking on it.
    12-18-2011, 02:34 PM
That's a great idea, thanks

I don't have any molassas, but I'll use some apple juice :)

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