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        10-06-2009, 08:35 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Have enjoyed reading this thread. All I can say is "bless me Father for I have sinned . . . . . And intend to continue!"
         
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        10-07-2009, 11:48 AM
      #12
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    DiDi and the Biscuits
    Each morning at about 8.30 I go up and check The Huzzy.
    The routine is of course to make sure that she has passed the night OK.

    I check the water to se how much she drank, I check the hay net and I check her feed bucket.
    I look to see what kind of mess she has made of her bedding. One knows what these mares are like - one has to run around and clean up after them.
    I run my hands over her to check for abrasions, however, small.
    As my head appears over the stable door, she deigns to look up.
    I know she already is aware of my presence on the yard for she has made a little snigger at the sound of my car. She knows which car is mine and I can only fool her by using my wife’s car.
    I call across and say: “Good Morning Huzzy”
    She then slowly ambles over to the door
    I stand in the middle, she squeezes in the left hand corner from the other side.
    Here head moves towards my shoulder. Then comes the nudge.

    The nudge is undoubtedly her asking, yeah demanding, her biscuit.
    A biscuit is slightly smaller than a sugar lump. As far as I can judge it is pretty tasteless.
    In theory it is impregnated with the smell of apple. There are herbs which smell of apple.
    I doubt if this biscuit has ever been near an orchard, let alone an apple.
    Of course, I reach down into my pocket and give her the biscuit.
    She is addicted to that biscuit.
    Without doubt I then get another nudge. She wants another biscuit.
    At this moment her feed bucket still lies on the floor on the other side of the door.
    She knows I have got to get in to the stable to get it. But the biscuit is of more importance.
    It comes first. Breakfast comes second.
    I open the door, she moves back to let me in. I pick up the bucket.
    I go over to the feed cabinet and make up her breakfast.
    I leave the stable door open. She waits patiently. She knows I am going back.
    I go back with the bucket filled with breakfast.
    She waits until it is on the floor then it is nose in , snuffle, snuffle, slobber, slobber.
    When she is finished, I go back into the stable.
    I fit her head collar and bring her out of her stable.
    I take her coat off and start the grooming process.
    Then she is either put out or tacked up. It all depends.

    This routine is every day. It never varies. It is always the same,
    Over time, pretty much everything we do together starts to become a routine.
    I know that as soon as I can establish a routine, then she will learn it and follow it.
    What I risk is that I have run out of biscuits. Because that is where it all starts.
    A small tiny almost tasteless biscuit which is so important to her.
    It won’t really make her fat. She doesn’t bite me. She doesn’t ask anyone else.
    It is the one movement of non verbal communication, which we both unquestionably understand,
    But she does give me a horse nudge and DiDi weighs over 500 kilos. I tolerate that move.
    She forgets that I am weak and puny. But there again I daren’t tell her that I am.

    I now know for sure, that when I want her attention, as and when she is dreaming of something else,
    I can always get full 100% attention from her by producing a biscuit.
    I now know that if I want to reward her especially, I can do that also by giving her a biscuit.

    I don’t mind what other folks say - the system works. Barry’s Biscuits.
    Barry G
         
        10-07-2009, 01:18 PM
      #13
    Foal
    When it comes to cookies, That is all I will give to my Safari. I **** near killed a horse once with apples and carrots, she choked so bad that we had to have a vet come and flush her out with warm water.
    When I get to the ranch my girl knows she will get one cookie and no more until we come in from our ride. When I dismount she will try to stick her nose in my jacket pocket to get some, before she even has water. I give her about six two times a week.

    If you are wondering why cookies, it is because if they choke, it will clear with water. Better safe then sorry.
         
        10-07-2009, 02:00 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Ahah, I'm pretty strict on treats. They only get treats at designated times -- if I have to leave them tied for awhile longer than is the usual, they'll get a snack if they stand nice; After a good ride they get a snack. Dante gets a sugar cube if he lays down for me.
         
        10-07-2009, 02:06 PM
      #15
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    Cowboy
    I think I got lost in the languages - for biscuit read cookie.
    These little jobs I feed are very small - so small I am puzzled as to why she likes them so much.
    They come in a packet marked "Horse Biscuits" and I am fairly confident that she won't choke.
    I am more worried if she gets to steal a carrot. She would also steal apples if she could find them. And , as you rightly say, they should both be cut carefully before feeding them to her.

    Barry
         
        10-07-2009, 03:53 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I am guilty as charged as well....my boy is the most spoiled thing on earth...and I don't even get a nudge....

    We tack up...we ride...then it starts....three to four cookies....

    Cookie 1: For a good job if he behaved while riding...
    Cookie 2: If he stands still and behaves while I wash him and brush him...
    Cookie 3: For politely giving me his feet and holding them while I clean them and put on hoof moisturizer...and occasionaly rasp them....
    Cookie 4: The optional cookie....if I am in a good mood he preforms his trick...I snap my fingers and hold out my plam for a high five and he gives me one with his nose....thus cookie time...

    I am super guilty...considering I ride about twice a week....he also gets a cookie if he behaves for the farrier and does well in the round pen....go figure....

    All I have to do is walk in the tack room and he turns his head and stares at me with his "Do I get a cookie mommy?" face....its pitiful...and If I forget the cookies...he stads at the gate and stares at me with a sad face until I realize my error and promise to provide him with extra cookies the next day....

    I am a sinner....and shall continue to sin...LOL
         
        10-07-2009, 06:58 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Hi Barry
    It is all language, in the U.S. It is cookies and I guess in GB it's biscuit.

    Here is the type I us, Mrs. Pastures Cookies for Horses
    My lady loves them and because I am a trail guide, I get them in the largest size I can.
    Some days I am in the saddle others I am working the ground doesn't matter, I am dealing with 45 to 50 horses and I have half heard following me for cookies.
    I love it.
         
        10-07-2009, 07:02 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Pidge    
    I am guilty as charged as well....my boy is the most spoiled thing on earth...and I don't even get a nudge....

    We tack up...we ride...then it starts....three to four cookies....

    Cookie 1: For a good job if he behaved while riding...
    Cookie 2: If he stands still and behaves while I wash him and brush him...
    Cookie 3: For politely giving me his feet and holding them while I clean them and put on hoof moisturizer...and occasionaly rasp them....
    Cookie 4: The optional cookie....if I am in a good mood he preforms his trick...I snap my fingers and hold out my plam for a high five and he gives me one with his nose....thus cookie time...

    I am super guilty...considering I ride about twice a week....he also gets a cookie if he behaves for the farrier and does well in the round pen....go figure....

    All I have to do is walk in the tack room and he turns his head and stares at me with his "Do I get a cookie mommy?" face....its pitiful...and If I forget the cookies...he stads at the gate and stares at me with a sad face until I realize my error and promise to provide him with extra cookies the next day....

    I am a sinner....and shall continue to sin...LOL

    Pidge, That is exactly the same routine I us for Safari.
         
        10-07-2009, 10:09 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Lol nice! I bet Safari is a very happy horse if she likes her cookies as much as romeo does!

    It gets really sad though when we go for long rides...anything more then four miles and im like...ok you get an extra cookie for the ride...then im usually in a really good mood and its like ill let him do three high fives for three extra cookies....so on an so fouth...he gets a minimum of three and usualy ends up getting about seven...lol
         
        10-08-2009, 09:03 AM
      #20
    dee
    Started
    Your horses are all spoiled. Mine have to make do with the big bag of cheap horse treats (aka cookies) that I by at Atwood's or TSC. Apple flavored (they really smell like apples).

    I had to limit how much I was giving them because we couldn't get throught the gate into the pasture because the horses were in the way, demanding their cookie "toll." We couldn't walk through the pasture without paying the "toll" either, assuming they didn't notice that we had come through the gate. I was afraid the horses would run over the little grandkids in their eagerness to get cookies!
         

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