Practical "tricks" Part II - other suggestions?
I posted a thread not too long ago about teaching a horse tricks that have a purpose. I got some great responses and have since done the following:
1) taught my horse to line up to the mounting block:
2) pick up her legs on command: great when she steps on a hose while we're in the wash rack.
3) teach her to "line up" to a wall, fence line, etc. This is very convenient for when I go in her stall to pick it out, put grain in her bucket and want her to move over.
4) teach her to play "fetch" like a dog: maybe this one isn't so practical, but it's entertaining. I'm going to try using it as a starting point for teaching her to pick up traffic cones and put them down in a specific spot. So far she knows how to pick them up and put them down when I'm on the ground. I'll eventually move to doing this while mounted.
My horse usually has one rest day each week and that's when I generally teach this sort of stuff. I've run out of ideas and was wondering if people have any new suggestions.