So far Red knows three "tricks". One is the kiss command, where I make a "kiss" noise and say, "Kiss, Red" and he puts his nose to me, like this:
What I did was put a treat up to my cheek and say, "Kiss" until he did it every time I said the word. Lol!
Then, he knows how to hug on command. He would run up to me and wrap his head around me without me even teaching him the trick, just being Red, but I thought it would be cute for him to do it on command and just not randomly, so I used the same concept as the kiss command, but put the treat on my other side and said, "hug". :)
|This is him doing it by himself, but this is what he does. :))|
Then I taught him the follow command, all I did for this was hold a treat in front of him and make him walk to get it, then once he got that, we worked on the trotting to me, then cantering, then galloping. :) :) It was still something he did by himself most of the time but I wanted him to know how to do it in case it was ever needed for some reason.
Now I think we'll work on bowing. I've found a few ways to do it but my favorite and, in my opinion, the gentlest way of doing it is picking up his hoof like you would clean it, then putting a treat to his chest so he goes to get it. :) Any ideas?