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eeo11horse 01-07-2014 10:42 AM

Trick Training
I want to start training my horse to do some fun tricks. What are some of your favorite tricks to do? Tips on training?

WildAtHeart 01-07-2014 11:16 AM

I always think it is cute when horses learn to give their owner a hug.
Tips: a horse's reward is release of pressure. When the horse makes a move to do what you want release the pressure and praise them. You can expect a little but more from your horse each session of training =) Best of luck!

HoovesWithDaFur 01-07-2014 11:40 AM

So far, I have taught April to smile and to bow. She is great with bowing on the ground but when I sit on her she is very reluctant to do it. I am determined to get her to lay down and possibly sit this year.

my suggestion.. Patience and dont give up. Dont expect instant results because good things take time!

eeo11horse 01-07-2014 06:24 PM

I started 'lifting hoof' because I watched a few videos about teaching the Spanish walk and it seemed cool so I tried it. He seemed to have a lot of fun with it, probably because he got a lot of treats :) The hugging one is really cute, I'd like to do that, and the bow. I need to watch more training vids.

laurapratt01 01-07-2014 08:21 PM

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I just taught my horse to smile and I'm planning on teaching him to bow as well. He's older 18, so I'm not going to push him too hard if bowing starts seeming too strenuous for him. I used a Youtube video to learn how to teach him to smile. It took a few weeks before he started doing it consistently and well but I've heard that once you've taught a horse one trick they will be quicker learning another trick because they'll work harder to get the treat because they know it's coming. Good luck and have fun!

Reeltje 01-11-2014 01:11 PM

There are some fun head tricks like smile, shake or nod. Pick somthing up and hold it, or even go get it for you haha.
I'd recommend you to read a lot about it. There are some dumb ways to train your horse something on the internet, but also good things. So don't just read one thing and do it, but read a lot about it :)

I see you started with lifting hoof. How does he do it ? :) Do you use a whip?
I'd love to see pictures :D

Incitatus32 01-11-2014 02:42 PM

I taught my gelding how to bow, shake hands (hooves:lol:), say yes and no, and stay. I'm working with him on come, consistency with yes/no in questions, as well as follow, smile, and hug.

My advice be patient and realize that not every trick is suited for every horse. (I.E if your horse has a pawing problem then it probably isn't wise to teach the horse to count, etc). Also, make them realize that you have to cue the trick, they can't just do it whenever and get the treat. In my limited experience that's the best way to nip any bad behavior or dangerous ones in the butt. :)

I know on youtube there's a girl from.... russia? I believe who does trick training and I love her methods and explanations. If I can find her vids I'll post one. :)

Chloezhorseys 01-11-2014 03:06 PM

i tried to teach my horse to bow with her head between her front legs, she almost had it she did it completely once and then when i tried to get her to do it again she started to walk towards me trying to bite me and turnng towards me like she was trying to kick me does anyone know what could have caused this sudden outbreak? she was perfect before and very easy the first 20 minutes then all of the sudden she freaked out :-(

HoovesWithDaFur 01-11-2014 03:25 PM

There was a thread on here that I saw which explained that teaching them the "circus bow" is not a comfortable, safe thing to teach them. (It is better to do the bow on one knee, as shown in my picture above) It is possible it was hurting her and you continuing to ask her she just had enough. Did she show any signs of discomfort leading towards her freakout? Ears back, tail swish, or just resistance in doing the bow at all?

Did you correct her when she started getting aggressive towards you, I hope?

Reeltje 01-11-2014 06:42 PM

Chloezhorseys, Your horse probably want treats (do you use treats?) and has no respect.
Respect and leadership are two important things, with everything with horses, not just tricktraining. I'd start with some groundwork and work on your leadership if I were you, before doing any more tricktraining. Because it can get dangerous. I really mean this.. Only for your safety.

HoovesWithDaFur, that's not true, horses even 'bow' in nature to stretch their backs.
Look at these horses stretching
I guess this is what you mean with circus bow, or head between legs.
One thing you can do is first teach your horse to put his legs wide, split, I don't know how to say it in english. Like this
Some horses step back if you let them bow, but some horses don't, and then you get a weird, not so good bow, like this:

With bowing you stretch a lot of muscles. So don't go all the way the first time.. Do it in small parts, every training a little bit more.

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