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    01-13-2011, 11:24 PM
Trick training for ponies

I love my little Duncan. He is so super smart. I trained him to come when I call, and when he's in close range to come when I make a hand signal.

I've made a little box for him to stand on, pictured below, but I was wondering what other tricks I could teach him? He is very eager to please.
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    01-14-2011, 12:28 AM
Green Broke
I've been working on Spanish Walk with my mare and I taught her to lay down. I'm going to try sit after she gets the Spanish Walk and maybe how to rear (on the ground no in saddle).
    01-14-2011, 12:44 AM
Well, be careful what tricks you teach. We taught our minis how to shake hands and now they think we want them to paw their feet in the air all the time. It's really not too cute when you just want to clean their feet and they are pawing at you asking for a treat.
But a good book is called "Trickenometry" and it has tons of tricks you can teach your horses.
    01-14-2011, 12:52 AM
Green Broke
Lol Yea, my mare will paw the air too without being asked to sometimes.
    01-14-2011, 12:55 AM
I've got a friend who taught her horse to rear and kick out her feet when tapped with a long whip (tapped, mind you), and now the horse sometimes stops while lunging because she thinks she needs to be kicking her feet!

I was thinking about teaching him to bow, and do things that don't involve his feet too much-- I love that he lets me pick them all up, and has even started shifting his weight and picking them up when I tap his leg. Gotta love him!!

What's the Spanish walk?
    01-14-2011, 12:10 PM
My other question is how?

I've seen videos of people just pulling their horses head down for a bow, others with treats. I'm a firm believer in treats, and after seeing that they have to pick up their feet I'm glad Duncan is so tiny!!!

I've been watching some YouTube vids with ideas on how to teach tricks, but does anyone have any methods that they've used for specific tricks that have worked (or not worked)?
    01-20-2011, 11:59 AM
Here is a video of me working with my mare on the bow. I have tried other methods, but this one is the easiest and works best for my horse.

    01-20-2011, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
This is the Spanish walk

This is me teaching the first part

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