Hahaha. Celeste, I guess what you re saying is it could made them mean...or butter in your hands....
I do what you are mentioning Stan. I have sugar FREE treats in my pocket.
apple flavored, My horses never know when they are going to get one. But for this training purpose, I wanted strong reinforcement to get him to stand. Just like when training a dog, at the beginning when they do TRY, I reward with a treat and a rub. They the treats become intermittent, but the good boy and rub stays constant. It works with my dog....it works with my students as well..
ok, I don't pat my students...Stan, that's just wrong!
I do give an exuberant YEAH, that's it!! And a high five.
Yes, many people believe this treat idea is wrong, but my guys don't nibble or bite....they will sniff to see if something is in my hand, but bc it's inconsistent, they are OK with it. They wait for the rub or walk away.
So..it worked today, we will see what tomorrow brings...
Celeste thanks for asking about JayJay's feet. I am seeing heels and frogs beginning to shed...and from what I have read, that is what I want. The healthy stuff is pushing to the top. This makes me excited bc the farrier was saying his frogs were shrunken, and that to him is a sign of navicular....but..I believe this could be due to the thrush!! I've started treating twice a day. It said you could for bad cases. Those back feet are the worst. He rides sound. Even at a gallop....I HAD to try! Lol. But just a short distance...it does something nasty to my back.
I'm going to print some stuff off I found for my farrier to read. He's Amish, so he doesn't have the access of information as we do....he goes to conferences and stuff, but he welcomed the info.
Hot,hot,and muggy here. Got the grocery shopping complete. Of course I saw several people I knew.....the good and bad of a small town.
Hope you are all well....quiet here lately!