Video: Trick Horse Training

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Check out this great video we found of a horse performing clever tricks! This is provoking some interesting trains of thought: It’s interesting to note which animals excel at performing tricks – and the diversity between them. Dogs, dolphins and crows and horses are some of the first that spring to mind. In general, the trait of being able to learn tricks is one of larger mammals – however I can’t imagine seeing a cow performing tricks. So it’s not just the size of the brain that matters…

Similar to dogs and cats, horses are intelligent creatures and can learn and master a whole range of tricks, even some complicated ones. These can include (but of course not limited to) touching, bowing, and dropping dead. There was once a very famous horse that would “solve” simple mathematical questions “read” from a board – “answering” with a number of nods of the head. However it was ascertained that this was an illusion and the owner was giving subtle gestures to the horse to begin and end nodding. So the horse was in fact performing a kind of trick – but not actually doing math…

While teaching your horse tricks that would definitely make you smile sounds fine, why not bring the training one notch higher and try teaching things that would be beneficial in the long run? For instance, train your horse to lower its head; that would make bridling way easier. The possibilities of what you can teach your horse are limitless. Check out the video below of what a well-trained and talented horse can do. In this video, the star horse Rumba performs a spectacularly wide array of tricks, which anyone will be charmed and impressed by: playing the tambourine, lying down, and bowing, among others.

With tons of patience and consistency plus proper communication and respect to your horse, a horse can learn tricks in a fairly short amount of time. A few minutes of daily training will be a time spent well not only for fun but also for fostering a trusting and strengthened relationship between you and your horse. Not to mention it provides an antidote to boredom for a stall-confined horse.

Okay, here is the video:

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