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post #1 of 18 Old 07-22-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question What tricks should I teach my 4 year old

I have just started trick training my 4 year old mare and she learns quite quickly, with the help of some treats. I thought her to back up afew days ago and give me a hug and say no today . I want to teach her some more tricks but i dont know what tricks to teach her. i dont want to teach her to rear or buck because she is a bit naughty and might try it without warning.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-22-2011, 12:31 PM
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Do not teach them any tricks that you do not want them to do by accident at some time when either some unknowing person gives them the cue or you are standing there with something they want and they start going through their bag of tricks in hopes of getting it.
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I'm of the opinion that if you want to teach an animal tricks, get a dog.

Horses are far too big and if someone inadvertently gives them a cue for their 'trick', the person could get hurt.

What happens if you have to sell the horse down the road, and don't tell the person about the trick training? The horse will remember it, and might bring it out at an inopportune time.

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Kisses, the spanish walk, lay down. I don't know how to train them but I've seen it and it looks really neat. These also, IMH, won't be destructive or dangerous if someone else should accidentally cue it.
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Kisses, the spanish walk, lay down. I don't know how to train them but I've seen it and it looks really neat. These also, IMH, won't be destructive or dangerous if someone else should accidentally cue it.
The person who gets their nose broken when a horse reaches out to kiss them might not agree.
The farrier, who is trying to pick up the horse's foot but the horse keeps going to lay down might not agree either.
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Plenty of people's horses seem to manage just fine. She asked what tricks she could teach, not if it would be a wise idea.
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She asked what tricks she could teach, not if it would be a wise idea.
Perhaps not, but it would be terribly remiss of us as experienced horse people not to point out that salient fact to her, as well as any other youngster who thinks trick training is 'cool'.

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true. In such case, if she decides to go on with trick training regardless, another fantastic thing to teach the horse is "no" or "stand" etc anything that the horse will understand as "it is not time for tricks, i must stand quietly and behave."
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I thought my filly might cause a problem with the farrier after I taught her to lie down. Guess the cue I was using didn't confuse her.

Here she is. It took her three times to get it.

But Annalie will do this all day long if she thinks you have a treat. She also knows touch. Which is signal for her touching the end of the whip.

We haven't mastered moving forward while doing it yet. But she did do it under saddle the other day when I cued her.

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If you're going to teach tricks, make sure to use cues that cannot be confused with other cues. For example, don't squeeze her fetlock or lift her leg to cue her to lay down. The farrier may not appreciate that. Don't push against her chest to cue a bow if that's how you normally ask her to back up. Be very methodical about your normal cues and your trick cues. If your horse gets confused, you could put yourself, her and viewers in a lot of danger.
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