TOUCH – INTRODUCTION
The first trick that we usually teach our horses is to TOUCH an item with their nose, as this forms the beginning of so many tricks including kiss, hug, and fetch.
Teaching your horse TOUCH is also a really good way to help your horse to approach and accept scary objects. Once your horse understands touch and is used to touching lots of different objects they will usually be a lot more willing to touch scary objects.
For example, if you are out walking and your horse is worried about a strange, horse-eating mailbox, asking him to touch the mailbox will usually result in him approaching the box, touching it, and realizing it isn’t going to eat him. He will then be a lot calmer around mailboxes.
In the following videos you will see our experienced trick horse, Trigger, touching different objects and then our new trick horse, Bella, learning this simple trick from the very beginning.
This video is part of the training included with the Horse Trick Training (How To Get Started) eBook and the Happy Horse Handbook.
If you don’t have your own copy yet, you can find out more here…