Originally Posted by Hidalgo13
hehe, don't want to butt in, but could someone pleaaase explain me WHAT the carrot thing is? Like how and why do you get carrots on here? Please someone... answer? I have asked this a few times and no one answers me... is it a secret or something?
Hidalgo, it's not just you! I haven't figured out the "carrot thing" either!
Sometimes I steal one, and then someone else will steal it from me. At any given time I have a total of 1-2 carrots!
As far as treats go, I am a big believer. I know everyone is concerned about teaching the horses to be mouthy and such, but I really have never had treats be a problem. And the horses are MUCH more motivated and happy when treats are involved.
I even avoided giving my mouthy colt treats for the longest time, because I don't want him to be mouthy, right? But I find it makes no difference in his behavior other than I would rather have him staring at me wanting a cookie than chewing on my tack or something else. I know that sounds awful, but I really have had treat make things better and never worse with any of my horses. I find it also breaks the ice and refocuses a nervous horse. Instead of being all looky-lou, they are paying attention to ME.