Question & Answers, Solving Horse Problems

Q&A – Can I Use Tricks to Teach My Horse to Stand Still?

Question: My horse won’t stand still. Can trick training help with that?

Answer:

You can definitely use the same process that you use to teach a horse tricks to also teach a horse to stand still.

I like to train all my horses to stand on a particular spot – for example a small mat on the ground. This gets them ready for lots of other tricks such as standing on a pedestal and gets them used to things under their feet.

They also seem to understand the idea of standing still better if you ask them to stand ON something. Continue reading “Q&A – Can I Use Tricks to Teach My Horse to Stand Still?”

Question & Answers, Solving Horse Problems, Trick Training Tips

Q&A – Should I Teach My Horse More Than One Trick at a Time?

Question: I have started teaching my gelding to smile, he’s doing pretty well considering neither of us have a clue… well, do I stay with just the one trick until he “gets it” or… will that make him too bored and should I introduce another trick and alternate during the training time? …OR would that confuse him? Heck, I’M confused just from my question :O) 

Trick smile

Good question!

Answer:  it depends on the horse…

One of the first horses I started trick training was a thoroughbred who did get bored with doing the same things over and over again – he was a VERY smart horse.  So I would try and teach him about 3 tricks at a time.

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