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Teach Your Horse a Useful Trick

Useful tricks can make life a whole lot easier (and safer) around your horse.

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There are so many tricks you can teach your horse.  There are all the usual ones like kiss, hug, bow, etc, but also think about teaching your horse some useful tricks.

These can make life a whole lot easier (and safer) around your horse.

Here are some of our favorite useful tricks…

MAKE HOOF WORK EASY

Teach your horse to put his foot on a hoof stand and keep it there. Your farrier will love this one!

STAND AND WAIT ANYWHERE

Teach your horse to stand still and wait without needing to be tied up.  This is useful if there is nowhere convenient to tie your horse or you just want to quickly pop out into his field and check him, pick out his feet or brush him.

Also useful when mounting and dismounting.

NO FUSS TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Teach your horse to happily accept those inevitable treatments and procedures BEFORE you actually have to do them.

Spraying – accept being sprayed with an aerosol or pump spray bottle (for example fly spray).

Bandaging – stand still while you bandage any part of his body.

Foot baths – stand still with foot in a bucket of water (useful in case of foot abscesses).

Clipping – stand still while you clip any part of your horse.

Stretching – neck and leg stretches before or after exercise.

De-worming – happily accept a de-worming tube in the mouth.

GO FORWARD AND TOUCH SCARY OBJECTS

Help your horse to be braver.  If you teach your horse to ‘touch’ new and unusual items with their nose you will find that they will be more willing to go forward and investigate scary objects.

PERFECT FOOD MANNERS

Teach your horse to be well behaved around food.  This includes waiting politely while their feed is mixed and only moving forward to start eating when told it is “okay”.

For more information on ‘Food Training’ visit TEACH YOUR HORSE TREAT MANNERS

PICK UP ITEMS

Teach your horse to pick up things.  This is part of ‘Fetch’.  This trick can also be very useful.   Imagine dropping something, when you are out riding and your horse reaches down, picks it up, and hands it to you. No need to get off!

COME RUNNING WHEN YOU CALL

Call your horse and he comes running, then puts his head in a halter, ready to be caught. 

No more running around the paddock trying to catch your horse.

GIVE LOVELY HORSEY HUGS

Okay… this is not really a ‘useful trick’ but if you’ve had a bad day there is nothing like a horsey hug to make you feel better! 🙂

All these ‘useful tricks’ are taught using the same principles as any other trick.  Consider adding a few to your horse’s education to make life around your horse easier and safer for you both.

Do you want to teach your horse all these useful tricks, plus many more.  You will discover everything you need to know in HORSE TRICKS CLUB.

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