Here we start the first of the ‘Trick Foundations’.
“Touch” is the foundation of a variety of tricks.
Some of these include:
- Drinking from a plastic bottle
- Unrolling carpet
- Pushing something along
And lots of others.
It’s also an excellent way to help horses that might be scared of new objects (more on this in the videos below).
TRIGGER SHOWS HOW TO DO ‘TOUCH’
In this video Trigger shows you the different ways you can ask your horse to touch an object.
‘Touch’ is a very simple trick but it is SO important. Your horse will learn so much when you teach them this trick.
This video describes step by step how to teach your horse to touch an object. We also discuss possible issues that you might have when you first start to teach your horse ‘Touch’ and provide solutions.
Also included is a printable Horse Trick Planner that breaks this exercise up into lots of small parts and suggests each step to teach your horse.
VIDEO NOTES: TOUCH VIDEO NOTES
HORSE TRICK PLANNER: TRICK PLANNER FOR TOUCH
BELLA LEARNING ‘TOUCH’
These videos show Bella learning Touch. You will be able to watch her from the very beginning learning to touch different objects.
This is Bella’s first ‘Touch’ lesson. She works out what I want very quickly and starts touching the target.
In this lesson I am asking her to lower her head further to reach the target.
Bella is now doing tricks freely and without restraint. Here I ask her to follow the target right to the ground and she even starts to pick it up – the beginnings of ‘fetch’.
In this lesson Bella is touching and following the target in lots of different positions. She is doing it without restraint out in her paddock.
I am also just starting to teach her to walk away from me and touch a cone. This exercise will help her to learn to fetch.