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    10-19-2009, 09:05 PM
Trick-Training Safety

Hello! I am wanting to start training my minis to do some tricks but I want to be sure I am not hursting them. Bell is a show horse(prospect) so I think I'll just work on her show manners. Misty is only one, is that too young? I think copper will enjoy it though. Are there any tricks that I shouldn't ask them to do? They will be doing a one kneed bow, not the two legs out head down one and it will be on soft grass. Should I take it easy with misty or not do it at all at this age?
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    10-22-2009, 09:51 PM
So I guess no replies means they'll be okay doing just about anything.
    10-22-2009, 10:47 PM
I have no idea ! I am very interested to learn more, but I guess no one knows or wants to share =[
    10-22-2009, 11:48 PM
Depends on the tricks you are wanting to teach your horse.I would not be doing too much with a yearling, personally, because doing tricks means building muscles and using themselves in a way they wouldn't normally do for extended periods of time.Yearlings are fragile - extensive training of any sort (lunging, trick training, etc) can and will interfear with normal joint/muscle and bone growth. I am very particular about training horses and age related. But that's just me.Safety for the horse - don't do anything they can't handle, and do NOT force them. Make it fun and enjoyable, and if you want, you can use a 'vice' (such as pawing) into a trick ('counting' or pawing on command, lifting the leg, spanish walk etc).I start off with simple things such as lifting the front leg. Then progress to lift and hold. Etc etc. I don't use ropes, or force to get what I'm asking, as tricks are meant to be fun.Tricks are something a horse wouldn't normally do - I.e. Some people consider (even tho it is "the norm") a horse picking up its feet to be cleaned out/trimmed a trick. Even tho everyone does it, it's not something they do 'normally'. So you could advance with this, and get the horse to pick the hoof up and give it to you, rather than you bending down, and asking for the hoof.Keep it fun and safe. Use sandy or grassy areas for tricks (use deeper sand for things like bowing, rearing, laying down - easier on the joints).And most importantly - don't forget the pics! Wear safe gloves and clothes for yourself, and a helmet for anything that asks the horse to be close to you and moving (hug, spanish walk.. you can never know with horseS). :)
    10-27-2009, 12:10 AM
I taught my yearling QH how to bow, I really don't think it's a problem. She only goes down on the one knee a few times, maybe twice a month, and only for a few seconds. It's not going to hurt her any. =] But Gracie is very smart, and she needs to do SOMETHING, so we work on leading, sidesteps, turns on the haunches and forehand, and the bow. That's about it for now, and if I mix it up enough, and don't do more than a few minutes a day, she's a lot happier. If your yearling is content to sit there, I'd let it sit. Leadin is important, of course, but as far as tricks go, I think all horses need time to be a horse. The only reason I taught Gracie to bow was because she was boerd silly.
    10-27-2009, 12:25 AM
Green Broke
I'm guessing that if your doing something to hurt or upset your horse that they will tell you. Take it slow and make sure your horse is nice and stretched before you start so they don't pull anything.

When your teaching them tricks look out for signs like ears back, nipping, ect. Also only do it every now and then not every day.
    10-29-2009, 10:02 PM
I would like to teach my mare to bow, she's 3.5yo
First do you guys think she's old enough ?
Second, how is a good/safe way to do it ? I don't really want to use ropes, I agree tricks are for fun for people & horses !

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