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Trick training is becoming more and more common as a supplemental means of engaging the horse, adding interest to standard conditioning regimens, and above all, ensuring you and your horse have fun together, even as you focus on reaching specific goals. It is easy to add a few tricks to your repertoire, and the payoff can be big: just wait until you wow your barnmates with a surprise routine!

Here are the four keys to successfully training your horse tricks, as explained by Sigrid Schöpe in her approachable new manual THE HANDY BOOK OF HORSE TRICKS:

HandyBookHorseTricks3-horseandriderbooks1 PRAISE

Praise is the most important feedback you can give. This can consist of saying “Good!” in a happy voice, a gentle stroke on the neck, or a food treat. In the beginning, it’s often wise to reward even small successes with treats, and later make your praise more verbal and only give treats now and then. After you praise the horse, allow him a short pause to think so that he can process what he’s learned. Praise is so crucial to training that I will frequently remind you about it.

2 IGNORE UNWANTED BEHAVIOR

When the horse doesn’t behave how you want him to, the best strategy is to ignore him. Perhaps he hasn’t understood correctly, or doesn’t yet know what he should do and has, therefore, become insecure. Repeat your signal and praise him as soon as he takes the smallest step toward the correct reaction.

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3 TAKE YOUR TIME

Like people, horses learn very poorly when they’re stressed. If you notice your horse getting nervous, the first thing to do is check in with your own state of mind. Are you calm and relaxed or have you brought the aggravations of your day with you to the barn? What signals might your body be sending without you even realizing it? How is your facial expression? Friendly? Or, is there perhaps a frown there?

Some horses get worked up when they don’t understand what they’re supposed to do. When this happens, go back in your training until you come to a task that your horse can do reliably. When he does it, praise him extensively. Most of the time you can resume the next day and you’ll find the horse is ready for the next step. Sometimes, it simply takes longer to learn a certain trick. You should stay friendly, relaxed, and patient.

4 QUIT AT THE RIGHT MOMENT

With trick training, horses often cooperate with a high level of concentration and enjoy the recognition you give them for a job well done. Despite the enthusiasm on both sides, make sure you do not overwhelm your horse by practicing too much or too long. End your training in a good moment, which will increase the horse’s motivation going forward.

For more clear, concise, illustrated instruction in trick training for horses, check out THE HANDY BOOK OF HORSE TRICKS, available now from TSB, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with our JULY FOURTH “FOURS”: four books and DVDs we recommend for riders, trainers, and horse lovers across the nation, and across equestrian disciplines.

FOUR BOOKS FOR HORSE LOVERS WHO’D RATHER NOT RIDE

The Horse Agility Handbook by Vanessa Bee

Horse Training In-Hand by Ellen Schuthof-Lesmeister & Kip Mistral

Trick Training for Horses by Bea Borelle with Gudrun Braun

Connect with Your Horse from the Ground Up by Peggy Cummings

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER PERFORMANCE HORSE

Horse Profiling by Kerry Thomas with Calvin Carter

Where Does My Horse Hurt? by Renee Tucker, DVM

Beyond Horse Massage by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold BOOK and DVD

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR THE WESTERN FAMILY

Tex by Dorie McCullough Lawson

Buck the Film from Cedar Creek Productions

The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke by Sean Patrick the BOOK and the 4-DISC DVD SET

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR THE CONSCIENTIOUS DRESSAGE COMPETITOR

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage by Douglas Puterbaugh with Lance Wills

Meditation for Two by Dominique Barbier & Keron Psillas

Gallop to Freedom by Frederic Pignon & Magali Delgado

If Horses Could Speak DVD by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

All these titles, and more, are available at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

 

PLUS, stop by the TSB online bookstore to take advantage of our SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE, running July 3 through July 8, 2012, with special savings on select titles!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE

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The much-talked-about meeting between French master Philippe Karl and German trainer Christopher Hess--and the debate over training philosophies.

TSB just added a huge new selection of horse training and riding DVDs to its bookstore. We’re honored to now be the exclusive North American distributor for the highly respected equestrian filmmaker Pferdia TV.

Aspiring vaulters can now learn from the best!

Featuring internationally renowned riders and trainers such as Philippe Karl, Dr. Reiner and Ingrid Klimke, Linda Tellington-Jones, Anja Beran, Peggy Cummings, Richard Hinrichs, and many others, these DVDs are a “who’s who” of movers and shakers in a number of equestrian disciplines. You’ll find titles on classical and competitive dressage, starting young horses, driving, vaulting, in-hand work, long-reining, and trick training, as well as a number of incredible films focusing on breeds, including Friesians, and famous stallions, such as Donnerhall.

TSB now has a whole selection of DVDs for the Friesian fan.

THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE HERE! Check out our NEW Pferdia TV section at the TSB bookstore NOW.

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