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Help Your Horse To Learn New Tasks Easily

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!

Horse Training, Solving Horse Problems, Trick Training Tips, Useful Tricks

Does your horse come running when called?

The horse in the video below was VERY difficult to catch. But after a few weeks of doing fun and interesting things together, she is VERY keen to be caught! 🙂

The quickest and easiest way to encourage your horse to come running when you call is to do activities together that you both enjoy.

It’s just like any relationship!

We all love spending time with people that are fun, interesting, and who like doing things we enjoy.

Your horse is no different!

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Horse Training, Trick Training Tips

A Very Simple Bow in Less Than 4 Minutes

A very simple bow is easy and quick to teach if your horse already knows how to target. ‘Targeting’ is to touch an object when asked. You can learn more about targeting (touch) HERE

I sped this video up a little but the times are in real-time.  It took less than four minutes to teach my horse to perform a very simple bow on cue.

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Horse Training, Question & Answers, Trick Training Tips

[FAQ] What are the best tricks to teach my horse?

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 going on around them. It is much easier to use a behavior your horse already does and build on it to create a trick.

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Horse Training

5 Challenges for You and Your Horse

Here are five challenges that will help you develop Connection, Attention, Communication, Calmness, and Trust with your horse.

Each challenge is a question to ask yourself and your horse…

Are you listening? Can you understand and do what I am asking of you? Am I giving clear, consistent cues so that you can understand?

When you can answer “yes” to these questions, your relationship will have reached a new level!

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Bonding Ideas, Horse Training, Horse Treats and Recipes, Trick Training Tips, Useful Tricks

25 Fun and Useful Things To Do At Home With Your Horse

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 fun, useful, and will make your relationship even better!

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