It seems like you might need to become a bigger distraction than food.
Here's a recent example I witnessed recently. I had a new farrier come out yesterday. I liked my old farrier, he was very gentle and kind to my horse. The perfect first farrier, I loved him because I wanted everything to be perfect - to me, Frida pooped rainbows and butterflies. If Frida got impatient, or lazy, she would move around, try and pull her foot back. It was nothing major, perse - not disrespectful, but ultimately, not respectful either. He would just keep moving her foot back, over and over. I noticed last time my old farrier was trimming Fri, she was practically sitting on his back when he did the hind legs. He let her. This new farrier, well, he was not going to have it. Frida knew what she was doing, because she did it all sneaky-like. She'd lean a little bit, lean a bit more...and then wallop! This guy hit her on the belly out of no where. I thought at first, my god! why isn't Fri freaking out! He just hit her, with about as much force to send me flying. However, I am not 1000lbs, and Fri? She wasn't shocked in the least. I was staring right at her face as he did it, and there was no fear, no anger, no trauma. In fact, milliseconds after it happened, she began to lick and chew. As you would guess, she said her "yes sir's" for the rest of the session and carried her own weight. This farrier was about as nice as pie. He wasn't some mean burly monster, in fact, he pet, praised, and complimented her more than the last farrier. The only thing he did different from the other farrier was he set a boundary that he wasn't going to let her cross, and she respected it. I think that's what I've learned from this whole long experience training Fri. You have to set boundaries, and you have to be prepared to dole out a consequence if your horse crosses them. I'm not even 100% there yet, I can still fall into babying her if I lose focus, but I got to say, it's been proving effective.
Last edited by Seahorseys; 03-21-2010 at 10:56 PM.