Horses learn much quicker and are less likely to get confused if you teach them in small steps rather than attempting a trick all at once. If you want to teach your horse a trick (or anything else), think about the final result you want, then try and break the trick into as many smaller […]
Your horse may already do tricks or he may do something that can be turned into a trick. Watch them and think about what they do naturally each day, especially around feeding time or when you are grooming them. Could this form part of a trick? It makes it much easier to teach a trick […]
A common problem when you first start showing off your horse’s new tricks is ‘Stage Fright’. It goes like this…..Your horse performs a trick perfectly and promptly when it’s just you and him (or her). But tell some friends what a wonderful trick horse you have, invite them around for a demo and it’s almost […]
It’s easy to teach a horse two or three simple tricks. Holding a treat in a certain position will tempt most horses to do simple things like drop their heads or give you a hug – they are just following the treat. But if you really want to increase communication with your horse and teach […]
It’s hard to admit but a few years ago I realized that most of the horses I had owned would rather be in a large field, eating grass with their horse friends, than being ridden or working with me. Now I understand why. I used to catch my horse, groom him, saddle him, ride him, […]
I read an old book recently and it talks about horse personalities and how a different style of training is required for each type. I think it is important to find out what type of horse you are working with so you can adjust the way you train to suit the horse’s personality. The book talked […]
Useful tricks can make life a whole lot easier (and safer) around your horse.
Believe it or not….Trigger (the chestnut horse in the pictures) is 18 years old. We have only been together for just over a year. He used to be a barrel racer but is now retired from that line of work. I thought he might struggle to learn new things. But although it took him a […]