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Most horses enjoy learning and working things out (just like us humans).

But if a task is too difficult, the horse can become frustrated or confused.

To avoid this, make learning easy and enjoyable for your horse by breaking the task down into super-simple steps. The more things you can teach your horse, the stronger your communication, trust, and bond will become.



Here’s an example of some trick training I’ve been doing recently with my horse Bella…

First, I thought of my end goal, and then I broke the task down into smaller steps.

GOAL: Teach Bella to put her foot up on the hoof stand, out in her paddock, without restraint.

WHY: To make it easier to trim her hooves.

To start, I just wanted to teach her to put her foot ON something.

Then I slowly increased the height of the stand so she could learn to balance with one foot up and forward.

Then finally, I introduced the hoof stand.


1. Put hoof on a small mat on the ground.
2. Put hoof on a small block of wood.
3. Put hoof on two blocks of wood.
4. Put hoof on hoof stand.

I made sure she really understood what I wanted at each step before moving onto the following (and more complex) stage. This meant I needed to practice some steps for a few days.

I kept the sessions very short (just 5 minutes each time) and practiced a couple of times a day when I could. Horses only have short attention spans, and keeping the sessions short keeps them interested and motivated.

I rewarded her the instant she did the correct thing.

If she showed any sign of frustration or confusion, it meant I hadn’t made the next step easy enough for her to understand. So I thought about ways to make it even easier or go back to a previous step and practice that more.

Once she was happy to put her foot up on the stand, I then increased the time that she kept it there.

Within 2 weeks, she would put her foot up on the hoof stand while free out in her paddock. She then stood calmly while I gave her a quick trim.

Learning this new ‘trick’ was fun for her and me!

If you want step-by-step guidance to help your horse learn anything, you will discover everything you need in HORSE TRICKS CLUB

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