Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: south of nowhere, north of nothing
first off....three of the same threads on three different forums is unnecessary.
That being said,
Im not one for giving my horse treats, at all.
Has this horse ever been on the trails? If not then its perfectly understandable that hed be nervous. I would recommend ponying him a couple times first, with NO rider on his back so he can look around and take his time.
The last thing he, or you, needs is to go out again when YOU know he's going to be nervous, which in turn makes YOU nervous, because that will just make him more nervous.
What I do with my youngins, is pony them a few times, (or use them as pack horses) with an older steady eddy horse, then take them on short easy trails, again with steady eddy horses and just build up their confidence slowly.
Imo if you go the treats reward for going outside route your going to get more problems. He's going to start thinking every time he goes out of the barn or out on the trail he's going to get treats and he's going to be anticipating and expecting them.
That will lead to him possibly completely balking unless he gets treats, even going onto a trailer etc.
But that's just me.