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25 Things To Do With Your Horse At Home

Are you and your horse stuck at home and looking for activities you can do together?

There are still lots of things you can do.

Here’s a list of activities that are a bit different, lots of fun and will make your relationship even better!

1 ~ Teach your horse to smile
This simple trick is easy to teach and is a real crowd pleaser.

2 ~ Find your horse’s favorite place to be scratched
A lovely way to bond with your horse. Most horses love having their withers scratched but try other places like inside their ears or under their belly.

3 ~ Build a simple horse playground
Playgrounds are a good way to have fun with your horse but they can also really help them be calm around new and different objects.

4 ~ Bake your horse some special treats
Find a treat that your horse really loves.

5 ~ Record your horse’s vital signs
Knowing what temperature, heart rate etc is ‘normal’ for your horse, and recording those details, can really help if you ever have to call your veterinarian.

6 ~ Help your horse with an issue – eg fear of hosing, spray bottles
Spend some time getting your horse over an issue they may have. Patiently helping them to get used to used to things that worry them can make life easier and safer for you both.

7 ~ Meditate with your horse
Meditating in the presence of your horse can help you and your horse to really relax and get in tune with one another.

8 ~ Teach your horse to line up at the mounting block
This useful trick will make it easier for you to get on.

9 ~ Engage your horse’s brain by teaching them to choose different colors
Teach your horse something that will really get him thinking. Like choosing between different colored or shaped objects.

10 ~ Make an edible toy for your horse to play with
Giving your horse a safe toy to play with, that includes treats, can provide lots of entertainment for them.

11 ~ Just relax with your horse
We can sometimes feel like we always have to be doing something with our horses but some time spent just hanging out with your horse can do wonders for your relationship.

12 ~ Try essential oils
There are several essential oils that horses enjoy and are helpful for different issues.

13 ~ Teach your horse to twirl
This simple trick is fun and easy to teach.

14 ~ Get your horse ready for a farrier visit
Spend some time teaching your horse to stand quietly and relaxed when they have their feet picked up or put on a hoof stand. It will make the next farrier visit a lot less stressful for you, your horse and your farrier.

15 ~ Teach your horse to Spanish Walk
This more advanced trick looks impressive!

16 ~ Teach your horse to pick up their feet by just pointing at them
Make life easier by teaching your horse to pick up their feet easily.

17 ~ Create a puzzle toy for your horse
Make some simple puzzle toys that really engage their brain.

18 ~ Offer your horse some interesting things to smell
Most horses are interested in exploring different smells. Try lots of different ones, such as edible herbs, and see which ones they enjoy sniffing.

19 ~ Have a special ‘Spa Day’
Spoil your horse with a special ‘Spa Day’. Give them a bath, massage, pedicure (hooves) and hairdo.

20 ~ Teach your horse to paint
Artwork created by your horse makes wonderful gifts for family and friends.

21 ~ Observe your horse’s body language
Spending time watching your horse out in their paddock and really noticing the way they use their body, ears and tails can help with your communication.

22 ~ Teach your horse to have perfect food manners
Even if you don’t plan to use treats to train your horse, teaching your horse to have good food manners makes them safer to be around for everyone.

23 ~ Help your horse with another issue – eg deworming, giving medications
Giving medications can be a real chore and sometimes almost impossible. Teach your horse to willingly accept medications before you need to give them.

24 ~ Teach your horse to fetch
This is a fun trick but it can also be useful. For example, if you drop something when you are out riding you can just ask your horse to pick it up and give it to you.

25 ~ Take your horse for short walks and explore
Most horses love to explore. Going for short walks together will increase your horse’s confidence and can be a really good way to improve your bond.

Here is a printable list of ‘25 Things To Do With Your Horse At Home’.  See how many you can do over the next few weeks…



All these activities, including step-by-step videos and training, are available in the Horse Tricks Academy.

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How To Teach Your Horse Treat Manners

Some people worry that using treats during training will cause their horse to become pushy, nippy and turn them into a horrible food monster!

Unfortunately this is likely if your horse doesn’t learn how to behave around treats. For most horses food is their favorite thing and they just want some… NOW!

Thankfully it is easy to teach your horse to have perfect manners around treats.

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Try 2 Types of Training Treats

To encourage your horse to try even harder consider training with 2 types of treats.  I use a general one and a ‘special’ treat for when they do something really well.

The general treat is usually something that isn’t high in sugar or fat.  You can use a lot of it! 🙂

Options for the general treat include:

  • Chaff (chopped up hay)
  • Some of your horse’s daily feed
  • Low GI horse pellets

Here’s a link to recipe for Trigger’s favorite special treat:



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Super Simple Trick Training Treat

These are Trigger’s second favorite trick training treat. They are soft and just a little bit sweet. I make them out of human grade ingredients and snack on them when we are training 🙂

Oat & Apple Chews


  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C).

Grease a 9 inch by 9 inch (22cm x 22cm) glass pan or baking tray.

Mix all the ingredients until the applesauce is evenly distributed, then spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the batter firms and browns.

Allow the mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then cut it into squares.  Or wait till the mixture cools completely and you can cut it into tiny squares with kitchen scissors.

Put the squares in an airtight container for storage.


(We only open the Academy to new members a few times a year)

The Horse Tricks Academy is a fun and interesting online training program that will take you and your horse step-by-step from simple tricks to doing wonderful things together!

Plus you will join a community of friendly and supportive people (700+ members).


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Can you teach a horse tricks without treats?

I get asked a lot if it is possible to teach a horse tricks without treats.

Horse Trick Treats
Treats are a great way to keep your horse keen

Yes is it possible, but I find it takes a lot longer to teach them a trick.

Most horses would rather be out in their paddock with their mates eating grass.  So you need to find something that makes your horse really WANT to work for you.

A horse needs to be really motivated to learn new things and treats are a great way of doing this.

However, once a horse learns a trick really well I will usually slowly reduce the times they get a treat.  I may eventually only give them a food treat once every 5 to 10 times they perform the trick.  Instead I will give them a scratch or rub as a reward.  But I have found that by continuing to give them a food treat every now and again it keeps them super interested in their training.

Most people ask me this question for one of two reasons:

  1. Their horse becomes pushy or nippy around treats.
  2. They don’t like having to carry treats around with them all the time.

There are solutions to both these problems.

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