Easy. Just start with something that your horse does naturally.
This will usually be a behavior that they enjoy or do in response to something that is going on around them.
Watch your horse, particularly around feed time, to see if there is something they do that can be turned into a trick. For example some horses will paw the ground. This is the beginning of tricks like counting or Spanish Walk.
My trainee trick horse, Bella, loves to pick things up. If I leave anything lying around she will pick it up and play with it or throw it. So she should enjoy tricks like fetching or taking a hat off my head or a handkerchief out of my pocket.
Some good starting points for tricks:
- Pawing = counting, Spanish walk
- Picking things up = fetch
- Shaking head = answer a question “yes” or “no”
- Follows you = heeling (like a dog), liberty work, dancing
Over the next few days watch your horse and notice anything they do that could be the beginning of their first trick. You might be surprised to find out how many ‘tricks’ your horse is already doing!