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        10-23-2012, 12:00 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    Depending on his age, he may not know what treats are and he may not have the teeth to chew them, so be ready for that. When I'm teaching my foals to take treats, I generally have to take something very small that I know they'll like and put it in the corner of their mouths and let them mouth and drop and finally eat it. It takes a little while but they eventually get the idea.
    My horse is older and he didn't know what treats were when I got him. I had to stuff the tasty in his mouth and hold it closed until he chewed on it a little in order to get him to give it a chance. It was a sad, sad situation. This was an older horse used to handling and trusted me enough to let me stuff the treat in, though. I would not do this to a baby.
         
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        10-23-2012, 12:13 PM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Tarpan    
    My horse is older and he didn't know what treats were when I got him. I had to stuff the tasty in his mouth and hold it closed until he chewed on it a little in order to get him to give it a chance. It was a sad, sad situation. This was an older horse used to handling and trusted me enough to let me stuff the treat in, though. I would not do this to a baby.
    I take the little Manna Pro Apple or Peppermint treats and bite a small corner off and put that in their mouths. I make sure it's small enough that they can chew it and then just let them mouth and tongue the little piece until they get the flavor on their tongues. I NEVER hold their mouths shut, they can drop the bit any time they chose and frequently do drop several before the light bulb goes on.
         
        10-23-2012, 07:46 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I was having trouble with him immediately spitting the baby carrots out without even letting them hit his tongue. He'd hold them in his teeth, curl up his lip and generally be a snot about it. Holding his mouth shut probably wasn't the ideal approach, but it did work and I wasn't being really aggressive about it. If he wanted to he could have pulled his head back over the fence. Once the light bulb clicked though, he would chew first and ask questions later. I had to stop giving him treats because he became such a butt about it.

    Again, I would never do this to a baby or an unhandled/headshy horse. Or any other horse, really. Or again, if I had to do it over. :)
         

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