Re: Horse tricks? : / hmmm Spoiling horses or harmless fun?
It was only a few decades ago that everyone believed teaching a horse to back up was dangerous as they could then use it against you. Now backing up is part of their education. Surely it is better to have control of all the movements and the horse perform a trick on cue?
How about kneeling down, suppose someone has bad legs and cant mount from the ground, but don't have access to a mounting block, so they teach their horse to kneel when they mount and dismount.
As for the comments about only experienced people should do it, well how do people become experienced. Riding itself would have started out as a trick after all. Hey check it out I can ride that horse!!
And I have never known anybody teach their horse to back up by waving their hands in the air, I have always told people to not wave their hands in the air at a strange horse.
If we are going to teach our horses tricks, whilst it is nice to assume we will have them forever if we ever did get into the position where we could no longer have them, surely we owe it to the horse to tell the future buyers all the details of the horse which would include any tricks and the commands it may have been taught, therefore avoiding the horse performing the trick by accident.
Nobody is an expert when it comes to horses. Those who people consider experienced will be the first to admit they are not. We are always learning with horses. What some consider tricks others may consider a vital part of their education. Who are we to judge?