Smile – Part 1


I have chosen to use protective contact to teach the first lesson of smile. This is a very useful tool to use in order to help set the environment up for success.

I am lucky enough to have a wooden barrier in a nice cool stable to begin my lessons in. You could also use the fence of your pasture or a gate to the pasture. It’s your choice.

If you have taught your horse to stand/wait on a mat, you may be able to use this as a good starting point too.

Importantly do not reward for biting behavior – only lip movement behavior.

So let’s get going!

To begin this trick…

Start by tickling your horses top lip. Just mark and reward so your horse senses your intent.

Tickle the top lip again. As soon as you see the slightest of movements, mark and reward. Most horses will move their top lip when tickled, so just continue to mark the moment they do.




This video is part of the training included with the Horse Trick Training (How To Get Started) ebook.

If you don’t have your own copy yet, you can find out more here…