Where to Start with Trick Horse Training

Almost any horse can do it!


  Inquisitive horses

  A horse that offers behaviors in an attempt to manipulate their world or circumstances

  A horse that uses objects to attract attention

  A horse that will look at you with both eyes

  A horse with a sense of humor

  Houdinis of the horse world


Our method utilizes incremental steps and gradual approximations and also a variable reward system.


Most moves require that a horse be sound in body. Tricks are usually taught in association with a pedestal so it is necessary that a horse be able to mount a pedestal at least with the front feet.


There are six different areas of trick training. A commonly asked question is "Where to Start"?

The answer is to simultaneously begin several areas this way you can move back and forth from subject matter to keep the horse from becomming bored. Also each move is the basis for an upcoming move so all are linked together in teaching and meaning to the horse. 


Tricks of Trust-Obeisance, Bow, Kneel, Lie Down, Sit Up and Sit Down. (The Fundamentals I & II

Liberty Schooling-Patterns simple to complex with one horse or a troupe. ( Liberty I & II )  

Tricks of Engagement-Rolling/herding the big ball, retrieving  the small ball, cap or frisbee, salute, smile (Shaping Behaviors I & II )

Tricks of Gait-Spanish walk and various marching steps

(Spanish walk )

Pedestal Training-perhaps THE most beneficial area of all

(Pedestal training) as the pedestal serves as the horse's place or mark and re-directs some natural instincts.     

Tricks of Agility- The Salute or Jambette, Crossing the front legs, the Rear, Hind Leg Walk, Sit Up and Sit Down


Visit the Photo Gallery for some examples of what is possible if you just Imagine!