Hi I’m Chloe Loane, Horze instagrammer and horse enthusiast!
These are my tips about how to get your horse to smile
Smiling is a very easy and fun trick to start of training your horse!
Horses naturally do this all the time so it’s pretty easy to teach them.
Things you’ll need:
1- Halter and lead rope ( unless you don’t use them )
2- Horse feed or treats
So to begin with I only recommend training your horse for 10-15mins at a time as your horse may tend to loose Focus and become lazy with the trick.
(But remember all horses are different and you have to respect your horse)
To start training your horse to smile you need to come up with your own ‘cue’ like smile or lip or up. Whatever you want.
When I trained this I began by tickling the horses noes. When the horse moves his lips at all reward with a treat (don’t forget your cue).
Then the horse will begin to understand that when he moves his lip he gets a treat.
Over time the horse will lift his lip higher and you can start to ask him to hold the smile for longer and longer every time. At this time you will also have to start being more strict when you reward making sure you reward when the trick is done properly not like the small movements at the start of training.
Then make sure to take some horse smiling selfies and your sure to give everyone a giggle.
Hoped you enjoyed this fun little training guide! Check out my instagram account: @spiritchloe
Here’s a few more examples