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    07-23-2012, 05:31 PM
  #21
Foal
Annemoon never ywans haha.
     
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    07-23-2012, 11:59 PM
  #22
Weanling
My horse bows with is rider, like for dressage, when the rider bows to the judges so does he, or whenever he's asked while backed. I haven't gotten him to learn it on the ground though, silly little beast. We did sit and shake for a while but it put a lot of stress on his hips so I'm trying to teach him to lie down now instead of just sitting. He can counter canter, bend/counter bend and side pass verbally with and without a rider. If I count backwards with my hand from five he backs away from me and then when I count up he comes back to me. I use a lot of verbal cues (not words just sounds) and hand signals but don't touch him much aside from placing him how I want him to be to start the trick training. I've been told it's very amusing to watch and listen to, which I don't doubt at all.

My draft will bend his leg for my to stand on to mount him or he'll lift the leg for me to use and because he plays with anything left lying around I'm teaching him 'bring it here' but now that I've got him leased out I haven't done much with him.
     
    10-08-2012, 03:38 PM
  #23
Foal
That's so cool bowing for the judges haha

A list of things that Eefje can do right now:
-Smile
-Shake
-Jambette
-Stretch(?)
-Targetting
-Hold something
-Pick something up (needs more practice)
-Walk a circle around me while I stand stil
-Turn(make a circle on her own)
-Cross front legs
-Walk back with me
-Walk back when I stay where I am (in every position where I am; in front of her, behind her, beside her.)
-Beginning of the bow(with one knee on the ground)
-Beginning of the spanish walk

I think that's it
     
    10-10-2012, 07:05 PM
  #24
Foal
How did you guys teach your horses to bow? I've been trying to teach Andy to bow but I can't figure out how....
     
    10-11-2012, 08:22 AM
  #25
bjb
Weanling
What age do you start teaching them all those tricks?
     
    10-11-2012, 12:02 PM
  #26
Foal
First step is to learn an other trick first, that is to let your horse stretch. I'll add a picture because I don't know if 'stretch' is the right word for it in english.
In the first picture she already knows it, in the second picture she is learning it. You could use a pole on the ground for it. Let your horse step over the pole with his front legs, and ask him to go forward with a treat in your hand(So he tries to take it and has to step foreward to reach it, as you can see on the picture too). In the beginning you should reward him with every little step he takes with his front legs. If he steps over the pole just let him go backwards so his hindlegs are behind the pole again. Repeat repeat repeat and your horse will know what you mean Then you can reward with 2 steps, or three steps, and eventually only reward him when he is as far as you want him :)
You need to learn this to your horse, because if you let him bow when he isn't stretched, he doesn't have enough space to move his weight to the back and then it's harder to lower his front body. Your horse should not stand too wide, but just a little, so he's not in his 'normal' stand position.


I think you can learn tricks at every age. You should be aware that foals and yearlings/two-year-olds don't have much concentration. I personally wouldn't learn a trick to a very young horse, just let them be young. I think at an age of 2 you can do little tricks like smile and shake and stuff like that, and normal thins like go backwards, step aside for pressure. But for the bigger tricks, like stretching, bowing, rearing, etc. I should at least wait until the horse is 3 or 4. These things are physically hard work and not good for the body of a young horse.
     
    10-11-2012, 02:06 PM
  #27
bjb
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reeltje    


I think you can learn tricks at every age. You should be aware that foals and yearlings/two-year-olds don't have much concentration. I personally wouldn't learn a trick to a very young horse, just let them be young. I think at an age of 2 you can do little tricks like smile and shake and stuff like that, and normal thins like go backwards, step aside for pressure. But for the bigger tricks, like stretching, bowing, rearing, etc. I should at least wait until the horse is 3 or 4. These things are physically hard work and not good for the body of a young horse.
Thanks I will keep that in mind. You make very good points. I intend to make sure she has all her basic ground training before I start teaching any tricks. So it will probably be a while anyway
     
    10-12-2012, 01:28 PM
  #28
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjb    
Thanks I will keep that in mind. You make very good points. I intend to make sure she has all her basic ground training before I start teaching any tricks. So it will probably be a while anyway
That's a very good plan! :) Do you know clickertraining? It's very useful with tricktraining
     
    10-12-2012, 01:36 PM
  #29
Foal
Ok love this post!
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    10-12-2012, 02:19 PM
  #30
Yearling
I love trick training. =P

Jake knows, this is on ground and under saddle.
Shake head 'no'
Nod Head 'yes'
Paw (left or right) (aka:counting)
Spanish Walk (Not very impressively...but he tries!)
Hug
Bite things (I tried to get him to pick things up.....)
Come (More like "get over here, NOW")
Bow (by stretching, or on one knee)
Lay down
Rear
Push things (gates, balls, barrels)
Stay (whoa) its nice for cofo pictures without tack.....

I don't have photos of everything, maybe I'll do that one day. O.0 Anyhow here is what I do have pictures of.


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