Horseplay & Harmony The Fundamentals Part 2 of 3

Course Prerequisite(s)


The Horseplay Fundamentals: Part 2 – The Hug, the Smile and So Much More!

In this module, we are going to introduce some really fun horseplay tricks. We will go through both the basic hug and the more advanced hug in the first lecture. From there you will learn about the Stages of Learning a horse goes through while learning tricks and then be able to practice these stages while teaching your horse the Smile (always a crowd pleaser!).

After you have taught your horse a few tricks, you may find your equine friend is starting to get a bit pushy for food rewards. Don’t worry! It is normal this happens at first!! Horses must be taught to have appropriate food manners and we are here to help you with that. We will cover everything from why we use treats, discuss clicker training, which treats should you use, common problems with treat feeding, and the techniques to use to ensure your horse stays well mannered while treat feeding!

We will wrap up this horseplay course by teaching your horse how to move off basic pressure including how to move the shoulder, hindquarters, and ribcage of your horse independently. These techniques will become very important for Module 3!

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What Will I Learn?

  • Introducing your horse to easy to understand tricks (such as hugs and smiles) that are chosen to increase the confidence and 'try' behaviors you will need for later, more complex tricks.
  • Learning to teach fundamental groundwork skills such as moving the shoulder, the hindquarters, and ribcage.
  • Understand how to deal with food pushiness and what techniques can be used to teach food manners.

Topics for this course

23 Lessons01h 30m

Welcome Message?

Welcome to The Fundamentals Part 2! Remember that the Workbook that you printed off in Part 1 of this series will also be used for this course. If you have lost your copy, be sure to go back to the first module and print it off!
The Fundamentals Part 2 Introduction

Teaching the Basic Hug & Advanced Hug?

The hug is a super fun and safe trick to teach any horse. It is the first trick I teach any of my horses! In this lesson, you will learn both the basic and advanced hug as well as how you can use this handy trick to catch those difficult to catch horses!

The Stages of Learning?

Every horse will go through 4 stages of learning when being taught tricks. We will describe each of these steps in this lesson.

The Smile?

In this lesson, you will learn how to teach your horse to smile!

How To Stop Food Pushiness?

Food Pushiness is the #1 reason we hear of why people are hesitant to trick train their horses. Here we will talk about how to train food manners to your horse so they don't become pushy!

Moving Off Of Pressure?

Moving off of pressure is an essential tool in your toolkit not just to combat food pushiness, but also as you begin to explore more liberty work.

Course Recap?

Summarizing the lessons learned in this course,

About the instructors

Caylyn Walker has been an active equine enthusiast and animal-lover since her toddler days. She began riding lessons at a young age and then continued into a competitive riding career where she achieved multiple regional and national titles in various disciplines. In 2012 she also earned two World Championship titles in Morgan Dressage on her beloved Morgan gelding “Riley”. Caylyn’s love of trick training started when her first horse was injured and no longer able to work under saddle. She found alternative ways to keep her horse mentally active while continuing to build the partnership they had created. From horses, Caylyn expanded her horizon to trick training goats, chickens and even Zebu cows while she worked at a petting zoo during her high school years. While in school, she completed a Bachelor of Science with a particular focus on animal behavior and psychology. She continued to develop her methodologies in working with animals experimenting with body language and behavioral shaping through positive reinforcement methods. After completing her degree, she moved into a career as a Safety Manager where she developed her teaching and communication techniques to groups of people across Canada. Currently, Caylyn works full time on her farm in Jasper, ON breeding and training foundation Morgan horses. She offers clinics across Canada and does performances with her trick horses in Ontario. Caylyn has authored three books: Horseplay and Harmony Safe and Responsible Trick Horse Training, Foals With Goals and Liberty Work and Trick Training With Young Horses. Though she loves working with all horses Caylyn is passionate about working with foals and young horses at an early age. Giving them a sense of confidence using positive reinforcement techniques sets them up for a lifetime of success! Caylyn continues to offer trick horse training lessons, clinics and demonstrations and even offers trick trained horses for sale occasionally! She can be contacted through their website www.horseplayandharmony.com
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Material Includes

  • Printable Step-by-Step teaching steps, a printable course workbook, step-by-step videos and troubleshooting.

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  • You must first complete the Fundamentals Part 1

Target Audience

  • Everyone
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