How To Train A Horse To Do Tricks

How To Train A Horse To Do Tricks


Training horses can be a fun way to spend time with your horse, and it’s an activity that will improve the relationship you have with your horse. Trained horses are often more obedient and respectful of their handlers, which is important for both the horse’s safety and yours. Whether you want to train your horse to jump or simply let you pick up its feet for hoof cleaning, patience and consistency are key to training your equine friend.

Choose the right horse.

Before you begin training a horse, it’s important to find one who can handle the rigors of learning tricks. The best horses for this are ones that are calm and willing to work with their trainer. They also need to be well trained, in good physical health and mental health as well.

Lead your horse to water, or the jumping spot.

You’re finally ready to get your horse to jump.

Leading a horse to water is an old saying that means “you lead your horse to the jumping spot,” which is what you need to do before you can train him to jump. If you have a longe line, lead your horse either into another room with no distractions or out of the arena, as far away from spectators and other horses as possible. If you do not have a longe line, lightly hold onto his halter while walking towards the jumping spot. Make sure he’s walking nicely before leaving him alone in this area; if he becomes excited and starts running around wildly when he sees it, things may get dangerous for both of you! Then return back into the arena with him at heel (walking beside him), ask for forward movement with leg aids on both sides and begin working on getting over an obstacle such as a five-foot wall or box jump (you can also build a very low fence using PVC pipe).

Start with a simple trick.

If you are new to training horses, start with a simple trick. It’s best to work on one trick at a time, so that your horse can learn the new behavior and be rewarded for it. The best way to do this is by breaking down the trick into smaller steps.

The first step in teaching your horse any behavior is figuring out how it thinks and what motivates him. Your goal as an animal trainer should be to find out what makes this particular horse want to do something, then use that motivation in order to train him successfully.

Reward the horse for small victories.

  • Reward the horse for small victories. Whether it’s fetching a bucket, or standing still while you brush him, rewarding your horse can have an effect on his behavior.
  • Be patient! You will not get results overnight, but a few weeks of consistent training will go a long way in helping your horse learn new tricks and skills.

Make training fun for you and your horse.

  • Make training fun for you and your horse.
  • Reward your horse with treats, a brush or comb, and lots of praise when he performs the desired behavior.
  • If your horse is reluctant to perform the trick, try making it more of a challenge by rewarding him just for getting close to doing it. Then gradually build up from there, rewarding him as he starts to get more comfortable with the action.
  • Keep training sessions short (about five minutes) so that both you and your horse don’t get frustrated or bored.

Stay consistent with your training.

It can be frustrating when your horse doesn’t learn right away. Sometimes, you may even be tempted to quit. But if you stay consistent with your training sessions and keep rewarding your horse, he will eventually get it.

The most important thing is not giving up on him—or yourself!

Training horses takes patience, consistency, and excitement!

Training a horse to do tricks takes patience, consistency and excitement! Patience is an essential part of training your horse to do tricks. You need to be patient with your animal as it can take time for them to learn new things. Being consistent in your training will help you get the best results and keep your horse interested in what you are teaching it. Excitement is also important because if you are not excited about what you are teaching them they will not be interested either!


Training horses can be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your horse. It isn’t as hard as you might think, but it does take time and patience. Just remember to never push your horse too far! If they don’t seem interested in learning something new, then let them be. You’ll also want to make sure that they have enough room to run around while training so they don’t get bored or frustrated with the process. Remember, it is always better to train at home where there are no distractions like other animals around making noises that could scare your horse off course during their lesson!

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