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post #11 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 08:01 PM
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I used sugar cubes as a kid, but I have encountered lots of horses that don't like them. Most horses will take an alfalfa cube, but many are unsure about sugar cubes and strange smelling treats. After the laminitic pony, I'm not sure I will be able to stand giving sugar to a horse again, even though I know it's illogical if they are not at risk.
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post #12 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 08:21 PM
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I dont give treat much once in a great while they get a carrot or an apple. I never buy horse treats figure they dont need them. A handful of the pellets i feed is a treat enough and that doesnt happen very often. They get fed pellets twice a day and thats good enough.

I think hand feeding makes for pushy disrespectful horses i hate horses who seach you for treats.
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post #13 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 08:48 PM
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I dont give treat much once in a great while they get a carrot or an apple. I never buy horse treats figure they dont need them. A handful of the pellets i feed is a treat enough and that doesnt happen very often. They get fed pellets twice a day and thats good enough.

I think hand feeding makes for pushy disrespectful horses i hate horses who seach you for treats.
Excellent point you've made that I should have mentioned - my horses are well trained and very respectful - they know there will be no tolerance for 'pushiness', and if they should ever cross those boundaries, there will be no carrots. Horses are highly intelligent, and if trained properly to know those boundaries (without ever giving in!) treating carrots is an anticipated reward for excellent behavior and pleasurable for both the recipient and the giver :)
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post #14 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 09:03 PM
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I am correcting the pushiness of my new TB without taking the treats away. It's just a respect issue. If you feed treats properly and don't allow the horse to be pushy, treats don't ruin them, IMO. I'm sure horses are just as happy without them, but I like giving them, and don't like having a 1000 lb animal in my space.

I also prefer to have a horse look for treats than to have to chase them around the pasture, so I definitely give lots of treats to the ones that come to me hard to catch. To each their own, though!

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^^^ I agree with both of the above. We've hand fed for years and none of our horses are pushy for treats, not even our 7 month old colt (and you know how nippy colts like to be). They all wait for their turn. Horses get pushy because their owners let them be.
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post #16 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 09:21 PM
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I don't feed treats in pasture, at fences, or anywhere where there could be a competition between multiple horses. Too many risks of competition that leads to pushy horses that could end up in a fight that you don't want to be in the middle of. You can handle a pushy horse seeking treats when you're one on one, but get in a pack situation and that can change in a hurry.

Treats are for one-on-one time, and I'm careful to maintain my personal space.

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post #17 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 09:40 PM
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I use treats for training as well as just an after ride bonding thing. For example, I use carrots for "carrot stretches" to get the horse to flex to each side as well as stretch down (carrot between the knees); it helps loosen him up prior to the ride.

After the ride to me is just tradition. A good poll rub (his special spot), a little bonding and one of his all time favorite treats, a peppermint or better yet, a Paddock Cake with the peppermint.

This time of year, if I can find a small enough bag, I also occasionally indulge with a hot bran mash. Applesauce, molasses, bran and carrots mixed in with hot water at tap temp. Recently I haven't been able to find less than a 50 lb bag of bran so I need to locate an alternative source.
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Watermelon. Our girl gets so excited when she spots Kitten with watermelon.

We are very careful not to reward pushy behavior, so Acey knows to wait until it is offered. However, her eyes light up and you can see her quiver with anticipation. She waits until kitten holds it out then she delicately sucks it into her mouth and chews enthusiastically with her eyes half closed. When finished, she bobs her head at Kitten asking for more.
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I am correcting the pushiness of my new TB without taking the treats away. It's just a respect issue. If you feed treats properly and don't allow the horse to be pushy, treats don't ruin them, IMO. I'm sure horses are just as happy without them, but I like giving them, and don't like having a 1000 lb animal in my space.

I also prefer to have a horse look for treats than to have to chase them around the pasture, so I definitely give lots of treats to the ones that come to me hard to catch. To each their own, though!
Well my horses come to me because they want to not because iv got treats. Catching has never been an issue with any of my horses.

My horses like me no less because i dont give out treats every day. Iv seen to many horses who are flat direspectful because of hand feeding.

When i do give my horses treats which is very few and far between if they get the least bit greedy. Thats it i walk away and no treat.

Same with grain feeding they start fighing grain goes back in feed room and tough luck, no dinner or breakfast for that day. They arent dumb because iv only ever done this 2 times they stand and wait for grain no fighting.
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I used sugar cubes as a kid, but I have encountered lots of horses that don't like them. Most horses will take an alfalfa cube, but many are unsure about sugar cubes and strange smelling treats. After the laminitic pony, I'm not sure I will be able to stand giving sugar to a horse again, even though I know it's illogical if they are not at risk.
My horse is this way- he hates sugar cubes, peppermint candies, and anything that I'm eating I've tried giving him pieces of bread from my sandwich, pieces of chips, etc. and he just turns his nose up at them!
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