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        11-09-2009, 12:37 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I give treats whenever the 3 of them are standing at the gate looking cute!!! LOL Treats around our house are dry hay cubes or apple flax snaps.

    One of mine got electrocuted by a set of clippers when he was getting his muzzle trimmed, giving treats is the only way I can trim him. It has taken literally years to get him to suck it up enough to trim him. So treats can be a good thing!
         
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        11-09-2009, 12:44 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I love positive re-enforcement, ska treats/pats/good girls. I try not to give to many treats because rena is not food oriented at all. And I like to keep her that way! LOL
         
        11-09-2009, 12:53 PM
      #13
    Trained
    The best treat anyone can give thier horse is a release of pressure immediatly after they make a try at what you are asking. I don't give treats when I ride or handle horses. Sometimes I will use a grain bucket to catch horses in a field but that's it. I don't like the hassle of always carrying them and I'm too cheap to buy things that won't benefit my horse.
         
        11-09-2009, 02:27 PM
      #14
    Showing
    We keep range cubes at our house and I give them when I catch my horses and when I turn them loose just to encourage them to continue being easy to catch. I can still catch them without treats but my horses love them and I don't mind a horse that is a well behaved spoiled. Or should I say pampered, cause spoiled sounds so rotten. LOL.
         
        11-09-2009, 03:20 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Lol

    Kevin its good that you put it that in there! :)


    LOL When ever I say good girl to my horse while riding she tries to just stop what ever she's doing! Im like ... um no lol
         
        11-09-2009, 06:22 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    one of mine started biting me on my hips because he knew that was where the treats were.
    This is one of the problems I have with treats. Some horses begin to "expect" them which can lead to bad habits.
         
        11-09-2009, 06:44 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Milo is very food oriented, so my treat giving now depends on what I'm doing with him that day. If I'm just planning on grooming and spending some non-work time with him I'll give him a treat for meeting me at the gate when I show up. If I plan to work or ride him I'll wait to give him a treat when we are finished and I'm getting ready to leave... his reward for being well behaved. He only gets some small apple treats (sort of like a biscuit) or a small handful of sweet feed. If I'm really in the mood to spoil him I'll allow him to go in the stall and give him some hay in there so that he can eat in peace and quiet, that's his favorite treat. Hard to eat hay in peace with 6 other horses milling about! He's figured out what's expected of him for the day upon my arrival and usually acts accordingly, although I swear he pouts for a little bit when he doesn't get that treat the second I get there.
         
        11-09-2009, 07:38 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Hand feeding my mare has been one of the things that has been helping her learn that I'm not a 'scary horse killer!' And she is definitely learning to enjoy the pampering...but she's not pushy about it.
         
        11-09-2009, 07:42 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dashygirl    
    This is one of the problems I have with treats. Some horses begin to "expect" them which can lead to bad habits.
    I've never had a biter, until my project Appy, and he was bite free by the time he left me; But then I have always controlled the treats...do they get them everytime? Nope. Do they get them just because I'm playing with them or just because they got caught? Nope... I do treat alot, but NOT when they are looking for it. Alot of times, when I treat a horse it may not even be related to what we are doing...it's just a random motivator, or pick me up; so they never learn to "expect it".
         
        11-09-2009, 11:29 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    I've never had a biter, until my project Appy, and he was bite free by the time he left me; But then I have always controlled the treats...do they get them everytime? Nope. Do they get them just because I'm playing with them or just because they got caught? Nope... I do treat alot, but NOT when they are looking for it. Alot of times, when I treat a horse it may not even be related to what we are doing...it's just a random motivator, or pick me up; so they never learn to "expect it".
    I think this is how treats should be used, if one thinks it is necessary to do so. :)
         

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