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post #81 of 85 Old 10-03-2013, 11:59 AM
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I think training a horse to do something which in the horse world is disrespectful(kicking, biting, rearing, striking, bucking, ear pinning, etc), and expecting the horse to stay respectful to you is unrealistic. Those types of tricks should only be taught to specific horses, by experienced trainers who know the risks and can read body language well.

Its like teaching your toddler to swear in a foreign language because you think it sounds funny in yours. eventually the kid will pick up on the fact that you encouraged them to swear, and start using other words you arn't so fond of.
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post #82 of 85 Old 10-03-2013, 12:18 PM
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For those who said that trick training is bad/negative, I taught my horse to paw and so many people on here put me down.
Really? How could people here 'put you down' when you've just joined the BB?

Teaching a horse to paw is moronic. I consider it a horrible behavior and won't stand for it. Mine get reprimanded when they do it, not encouraged. Of course, I look toward the future and if I should ever have to sell/give away any of mine, I want to make sure they haven't learned any dangerous, stupid pet tricks that might backfire on a new owner.

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post #83 of 85 Old 10-03-2013, 06:26 PM
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I think training a horse to do something which in the horse world is disrespectful(kicking, biting, rearing, striking, bucking, ear pinning, etc), and expecting the horse to stay respectful to you is unrealistic. Those types of tricks should only be taught to specific horses, by experienced trainers who know the risks and can read body language well.

Its like teaching your toddler to swear in a foreign language because you think it sounds funny in yours. eventually the kid will pick up on the fact that you encouraged them to swear, and start using other words you arn't so fond of.
Not to mention a lot of people think it's cute to train them to do all that when they're young, but then they turn into 1200lb horses they have zero idea how to fix their mess.
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post #84 of 85 Old 10-04-2013, 01:20 AM
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Speed racer- a properly trained horse will ONLY do tricks on command.

I trained my mare to paw. She only does it if I ask her too. There is no reason to assume that if you teach them to paw, they would do it all the time. She never paws without being asked.

The same with my other mare who can Spanish walk. She only does it when I ask.

I also taught my dog to bark on command. It doesn't mean he is allowed to bark all the time!
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post #85 of 85 Old 10-04-2013, 05:17 AM
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Speed racer, I agree with 4horses here. A few years ago I had a horse whom I taught to yawn, and paw on command. But I knew enough to only reward when I've asked for it, and how to correct when it's not asked for. Each time she pawed when not asked, I simply backed her up to correct/change her mind about doing it when not asked. She got tired of backing up, so therefore decided to quit pawing, and only did when I asked her to.

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