Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have seen people who have taught their horses to bow, paw, "spanish walk" etc and it has caused them nothing but trouble. Most horse people want a horse that does the basic stuff properly using the usual cues, and don't want to be cueing tricks accidentally. Olivia, I understand you were planning on selling your horse in a few years time to buy a camera - teaching it potentially dangerous or annoying tricks like pawing will decrease her resale value.
I have seen your other videos, your horse is very patient and pretty well desensitised already so I don't think there is any need to be doing that stuff. If you really do want to teach your horse something I would suggest looking at trying to improve her reactions times to basic vocal cues and riding aids - get her more sensitive and listening to you. This will improve your relationship (I hate the word "bond") and improve her as a horse and you as a handler/rider. At the moment, and I hope you take this as purely constructive criticism rather than me being rude or anything, the things you are working on are either undesirable to many people or rehashing stuff she knows already so she's getting bored. Even if you weren't planning on selling her any time soon I'd caution against either of these things.
Please just consider what I've written - and feel free to PM me to discuss other options for practical training that I think you can do safely. I would still advise you to find a proper trainer - just because your friend rides at 1* level on a good horse does not mean she knows anything about training. There are some very experienced natural and traditional trainers on here (like Cherie for example) who are happy advising anyone who actually listens and takes information on board. I know that's hard when you're young but it is a very important skill to learn.
A crazy girl with a crazy horse