“I’m not really sure if this training will suit me and my horse. What should I do?”
Start by trying our free training tips and videos. These will give you some ideas about how this type of training works and you can see if it something you would like to try with your horse.
“I have limited time to spend with my horse. Will I still be able to teach him tricks?”
Yes, absolutely! The best way for your horse to learn is in short, regular training sessions – five minutes per session, a couple of times a day is perfect.
To make the biggest impact, I suggest you mix trick training with the activities you regularly do with your horse. Here’s an example of My Training Schedule for Trigger.
“I’ve tried to teach my horse tricks before but haven’t been successful. Why would this course be any different?”
When I first began trying to teach my horses tricks, I bought every book and video available. It was a frustrating experience because most of the courses and books just showed experienced trick horses doing the tricks. They didn’t tell me how to teach my horse (a complete trick beginner) to do tricks from the very start.
After much trial and error, and a lot more study, I realized that I needed to teach my horses some very simple tricks first and then build on those. Once my horses understood the basics of trick training I could then teach them just about anything! 🙂
Inside the Horse Tricks Academy, you’ll watch videos of Bella, my newest horse, as she learns tricks from the very beginning. You will see her making mistakes, trying different things and finally working out what I want. Our members say these videos are very helpful. You will be able to follow along with your own horse and learn step-by-step how to teach your horse tricks from the very beginning.
“Do I need special equipment?”
You probably have most of the equipment you need to get started: a long lead rope, a halter and some treats. That’s it!
Later, you can add toys and extra equipment, but most of these are cheap and available from your local toy or produce store (we provide lots of ideas for extra, fun, training equipment in the Horse Tricks Academy).
“My horse is very nervous and worried about new things. Would trick training be suitable for him?”
Trick training provides a fun way to build a bond and trustful relationship with your horse. It helps your horse to be more confident and curious around new objects and situations.
We have a few members in the Horse Tricks Academy currently working with rescue horses that struggle with trust issues. They report their horses are responding in a very positive way to trick training.
“I have taught my horse a few simple tricks but we keep getting stuck and I’m not sure what to do. Can you help with this?”
Yes, absolutely! Trigger and I would love to help because we have many ideas and experience for getting “unstuck.”
We also have an active Facebook group where members share videos, photos, ideas and solutions. I can also be reached via email.
Chances are, if you are feeling ‘stuck’ with your training, that I’ve been where you are and will have some ideas and suggestions that will help.
Don’t see your question?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Contact Page. We are happy to answer any questions you have!
Jain & Trigger & Bella