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Trick train your horse for physical and mental agility

Consider adding trick training to your horse's ongoing education.  Even though this horse, named Miss B, has not yet mastered all four feet on the pedestal, she can pivot on her front feet for several complete circles by carefully stepping around the pedestal. 

Springtime Redbud blossoms gently provide a colorful background for Miss B.
Photo by Pat Pape

This horse has had prior experience with mounting the pedestal at liberty, however, most of those exercises were geared towards teaching Miss B to place all four feet on the pedestal with just subtle cues. This mare can freely and accurately pose with her two front feet on the pedestal, but has not yet figured out how to bring her rear feet up under her belly and on to the pedestal.

So, needless to say, her owner found another exercise that is also very impressive. The video below shows Miss B relaxed, yet concentrating on following her owner's suggestions to pivot her hind feet around the 36 inch pedestal for a couple of circles   This was only the third session in which this exercise was practiced; Miss B's owner was extremely pleased with her horse's progress and cooperation. 

Successful horse training involves both the horse and the human working together and enjoying the challenges.  Recognize and reward your horse for her efforts and you, too, will soon be able to accomplish your trick training goals.  

Comments

  • Pat 4 years ago

    This is the most fabulous horse I've ever seen!!!

  • Lea, Dallas Day Trips & Dallas Food 4 years ago

    What a beautiful horse, and smart, too! It's amazing what she's learned after only three sessions. How many more do you think the horse will need before she brings all four up onto the pedestal?

  • Kathy K. 4 years ago

    Hi Lea,
    Thanks for your comment and question. I cannot tell you exactly how many more sessions it will take for Miss B to stand with all 4 feet on the pedestal because it depends on her and how fast she learns to be comfortable with her rear feet brought up under her belly. This is difficult for a horse like Miss B because she has a long back as compared to short backed horses like most Quarter Horses. If I had to quess, though, I would expect Miss B to have all 4 feet on within 4 to 8 more sessions. Again, this may seem like a lot, but we take it slow and easy; everyone stays safe. Take a lot at my other articles on trick training and you will see our big paint horse on the pedestal. Again, Thanks for your comment.

  • Kathy K. 4 years ago

    Lea,
    You will like my other article, Just click on the link above titled: "Don't forget that horse training must start with the first steps" and you will see Nater with all 4 feet on the pedestal.
    Sincerely,
    Kathy K.

  • Marcia K., Chicago 4 years ago

    Hello Kathy, I enjoyed both the article and the video. I am glad to see how gentle and patient the horsewoman is with Miss B, and how gentle and patient Miss B is with the horsewoman.