Train Your Horse To Hug
 By Saferaphus   •   7th Feb 2015   •   1,535 views   •   0 comments
Train Your Horse To Hug

One of my family’s favorite TV shows was 'Whose Line Is It Anyways', and one of our favorite lines was from a game called Two Line Vocabulary. Whenever we notice anyone feeling down, frustrated or angry we say - oooo...somebody needs a hug! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s a good time to train your horse to provide you with some hugs. That way, you’ll never go short and always get a hug when you need one.

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure your horse already has good manners. There’s no point in teaching a horse a ‘close contact’ move if it’s pushy, won’t stand still, is nippy or otherwise rude or disobedient. That could be dangerous. You’ll need treats such as carrot or apple slices, feed cubes, or something else your horse likes that’s easy to carry in your pocket. Clicker and target training makes it easier to train this trick, but it’s not impossible without. If your horse is already trained to target on an object (I use an old soap bottle taped to a broken whip for a target), and understands that a ‘click’ means ‘Yes!’ training your horse to hug will be a cinch.

Related: Trick Training - Teach Your Horse to Kiss
Related: Trick Training - Teach Your Horse to Bow
Related: How To Train Your Horse To Smile

Horses learn a different rates, and some are more motivated by food rewards than others, so it’s hard to say just how long it will take. But, keep your training sessions short and rewarding, and don’t get frustrated if your horse doesn’t understand. You want (I hope) to make the training sessions positive for your horse, and fun for you. It’s easy to get carried away, but fewer short sessions will be better than one or two long ones.

Now, with your horse on a lead rope, stand about a foot in front of your horse with your back to it. Be sure to hold the lead so you won’t get tangled. With your right hand, hold the treat over your left shoulder. Your horse will probably be curious about what you’re offering. Then, as your horse sniffs the treat or target, slowly draw your hand or the target diagonally, to your left hip. Your horse should lean over your shoulder and follow the treat with its nose until it has its head and neck around you. This is your hug. Some horses will figure it out right away, some will take more time. Reward your horse even when it gets it kind-of. You may have to step backwards a bit so it’s easier for your horse gets it right.

Once the horse has learned the move, you can add in a cue, perhaps patting your shoulder and saying ‘hug’. Eventually, you won’t even need a treat to get a hug. Be sure to finish each session with an extra special treat and a belly or neck scratch to say job well done. Now, whenever you want a hug, you’ll know they’ll always be some waiting for you.
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
How Long Will It Keep
21st Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you have a horse, chance are you’ll accumulate things in bottles and bags that contain food, medications, grooming aids and supplements. In cleaning out my house for a move, I found lots of these things and I realized I had had ...
When Your Horse Can't
18th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Any time you see your horse can’t do something it normally does with ease it’s time to call the veterinarian. Here’s what it could mean if your horse can’t... ...
Long Distance Horse Ownership
16th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
My horse always been an easy keeper, but over the last year I’ve noticed that she’s a little leaner than usual. Every winter, with less work to do and full access to a round bale, she’s usually on the plump side. But, the last two ...
Horse Praise and Rewards
14th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When it comes to horse training, timing is incredibly important and whether your reinforcement is positive or negative, it needs to be done with split second accuracy. Praise in itself doesn’t mean anything to a horse. Your parent ...
Horse Bling History
12th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Last summer, near a seaside resort in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a burial mound that contained 40 pieces of harness decoration. They are estimated to have been buried there in 333-250 BC. The pieces included round motifs simil ...
Where Horses Should Not Be
9th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses look beautiful in pastures and they’re easy to admire as they lean over a stall door to greet us. We admire them as they work in farm fields or clearing brush, stand sedately on streets to control crowds or in the show ring ...
Barn Ice Management Solutions
6th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
This has turned into one of the iciest winters I’ve seen in a long time. Many horse owners are worried about the safety of their paddocks for people and horses. There have been quite a few news stories of horses rescued from icy p ...
Tennessee Walker Soring PAST Act
5th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Another bill in front of the current congress is commonly known as the PAST Act or Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693. Although that is how it appeared when first presented, it has now been renamed in honor of Joseph ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
©2002 - 2019   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
452 Members Online 243,870 Registered Members 2,542 News Articles 10,642,563 Unique News Article Views 240,264,486 Website Views