Originally Posted by Yvette
I havent been able to find any treats that my horse will eat unless it is her usual grain. :( I thought it would be fun to have something a little extra. Everyone tells me to not worry about it as the reward for them is release from pressure.
Well, so long as her 'usual grain' isn't actually grain or other high sugar/starch feed
, why not use some of her ration as treats? I use a lot of positive reinforcement in training, and as I have fatties that don't need 'feeding' anyway, I use a pinch of their ration balancer supplement for rewarding too. But for extra special treats, I sometimes cut up carrots & apples into small pieces. As well as this, salad vegies, other fruit, fruit tree leaves, rosehips.... are some of the other treats I use.
As for "reward for them is release from pressure." That's a rather backhanded way of looking at it. Poor horses, who's only 'reward' is removal of something bad, IMO
. Release from pressure is not a reward, it's release from pressure. That is, negative reinforcement. Well timed negative reinforcement is an invaluable 'tool' in training. Probably the most generally used in training horses. But it is not positive reinforcement (addition of Something Good, reward). I like to use both in training, so the horse gets more than just 'not something unpleasant' to actually *want* to play my games.