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post #1 of 11 Old 04-05-2019, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of tricks do you think I could try training my horse? She already knows how to kiss, bow, and lie down. She also knows how to follow off-line and come when called, but I don't necessarily consider those "tricks." No pawing ("counting") or rearing tricks please. Oh, and no vaulting. I don't think I'm athletic enough for that....

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-06-2019, 06:10 AM
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teach her to back up from a distance, or you could just try a smile?
my friend taught theirs to hold his own feet up ( to have his hoofs picked), so she doesn't even have to touch his leg- but that could be too close to pawing...
maybe teach her to fetch things- like pick up a crop or brush for you.....
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-06-2019, 07:51 AM
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Well to the last bit, I know a guy who was in his 40's(when I was 20 so he was OLD), shortish, not at all athletic, big beer pot, and yet he could vault onto his horse from behind! I made a point of learning to do that too, because if he could do it... Wouldn't even try now...

'Fetch' is one that I like to teach & horses seem to really enjoy. Obstacles, pedestals, load into the trailer
by themselves, free lunging(free, not in a pen), 'dancing' with you, agility...
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-06-2019, 09:06 AM
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Rolling a barrel or a ball with the nose, grabbing the saddle blanket and pulling it off, pretending to limp, Spanish walk, drinking from a bottle, posing with one foot up on a pedestal
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-09-2019, 09:02 PM
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^Oh yeah, playing 'soccer' with a big ball.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-09-2019, 10:53 PM
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Play dead? Though, you'd NOT want her to do that while you were on her or close enough to get smooshed.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-09-2019, 10:59 PM
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IDK about playing dead now that I've thought about it. This woman has been called so many times by random people wanting to let her know she has a dead, bloated horse in her pasture.

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-10-2019, 10:49 AM
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spanish walk and piaffe sorta stuff, but might be too close to pawing for some.
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-18-2019, 11:17 AM
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Smile, hug, shake a hoof. I've also taught all our horses to come to you so you can mount.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-18-2019, 11:52 AM
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I taught my horse how to pick up stuff for me It's pretty useful when your under saddle and clumsy like I am haha. Also wondering what method you used to teach lie down? I've been trying to teach It to one of my horses for years and have only gotten him to 'gather up' a bit.
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