Can I see a picture of your horse bowing?
And all other tricks everybody's horses can do
I'm trying to learn Annemoon to bow correctly at the moment :)
If you want to start with tricktraining I'd suggest you start with clickertraining. Learn them to ignor food when you old it in front of them, and when you click they can take it. That way you won't get a horse begging for food. ONLY give a treat when you click.
Sorry for my bad english, you can correct me if I say something stupid, lol :p
I think clickertraining is good, It's not that they wait for a click and treats.
Basically it's just a sign, 'what you did is good, now you deserve a treat'
And they know that they only can take a treat when they here that sound, not whenever they want to.
And it's real handy to tell them when their doing somthing good, you can reward them excactly at the right time. 'goood booooy' or something is too long and not exact.
It's not like they don't think anymore :p They DO think.
I'm sorry for the unclear explanation :') It's hard for me to do it in english haha.
I know that opinions vary, but this is how I look at it :)
In the beginning I didn't use a clicker either, but now I do and I really recommand it. Nothing has changed with her thinking with me or something, it's just clearer for her when she does something good and when she can have a treat :p She is as enthausiastic about it as she always was.
And it's real good for horses that are begging for treats all the time. I know not all horses do that, but I know a lot do.
Very nice, Reeltje! And I like your thoughts about clickertraining, maybe I should think it over, too.
Okay, so I got to upload some pictures and to post some older ones:
Backing up from tail. We can do it at liberty since then (the picture was taken last october, but I don't have any more recent ones):
Jumping over obstacles at liberty:
Marching. Trying to upgrade it to Spanish walk now:
Holding an object:
Rearing. Not the best we can do, but I couldn't get a better shot:
A sequence of lying down, lying on the side, on stomach, letting me mount him and standing up:
Pawing while mounted:
Sorry for the bad quality of some pictures and I haven't got any pics with hugging and climbing on objects yet.
And for anyone who views these pictures and thinks of trying these tricks with their horse - Please be aware that some of them (rearing, lying down, mounting a lying horse, pawing, backing up from the tail) can be very dangerous to horse and handler alike, if done improperly. Training of these tricks must be very gradual and you really have to know what you're doing, so please, don't try these if you're not experienced enough and if your horse is not ready. I am an adult and I am aware of the consequences that may come out of my actions, but I'd hate somebody get hurt just because of some pictures they saw in web.
Yes, I recently taught him to lay down without rolling. However, I still have to teach him to lay down directly on his chest - as for now, he lays on his side first, asks if he is allowed to roll, and, if not, I tell him to lay on his chest. I have also taught him to roll by a cue from one side to the other. However, I don't do any of these tricks too often in a training session, and I change which I ask for one day or another, not to make him sour from excessive actions - he is easy to be bored and with a very sharp mind. That is one of the reasons I started teaching him tricks in the first place. :)
I don't have a photo of this off hand, but my one horse yawns on command.
I found it pretty easy to teach her. When I noticed her yawning, I would give a cue (for her it is blowing a raspberry) and give her a treat. It didn't take her long to make the association. It has been years since I have taught her, but she has never forgotten.