Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Earth, Milkyway
I give treats to Ronnie all the time, but with as little pattern as possible. It's always my choice... He's such a personality-less horse, so he doesn't get bad about it. He'll turn his head around to look for a cookie and if I don't have one he goes back to standing with a bored look on his face. Bo, on the other hand, gets treats on rare (for me) occasions. Maybe once a week? That's only because he's kind of mouthy due to his past couple of trainers (including mine) being very willing to beat him if he was bad at all. That made him a little habitually nippy. He's always been a major sweetheart with me though, especially now that he's here with nice people, so I allow him a treat once in awhile for being my beutiful little boy <3 All in all, it depends on the horse.
I could never give up treats entirely because I feel it's a nice reward to the horses for just being them. They do SO much for us and most of what we do in return for them (such as cleaning stalls, regular feeding, and grooming) I don't think they see as a reward directly from us. So besides petting and hugs, I like to give them a treat just to say "Hey, thanks for being you!"
There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.