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        11-09-2009, 11:32 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I know I"m knew but I thought I'd jump in by saying I'd give my horse treats...if she'd actually eat them. I've tried apples, carrots, peppermints and store bought ones. She will not take a treat from me.... Silly girl.
         
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        11-10-2009, 01:40 AM
      #22
    Started
    Do NOT crinkle a peppermint wrapper in my barn unless you are prepared to share with the whole barn.

    Treats here usually come after they are finished with whatever we did to them that day.... or if we accidentally crinkle the wrapper and they start to beg. Today, one of my two year olds(who I didn't even realize liked peppermints) felt me up when I put him on the crossties after we worked him. It was that "I know you have something for me. Please? Please? Please? In this pocket? Your hand? That pocket? Hand? *nuzzle*"

    Or apple wafers. They hear the apple wafer tub opened and you will see everyone watching for when you come out of the feed room. They know what that sound means.
         
        11-10-2009, 02:12 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Hahahaha ladydreamer its pretty much the same here!! If your planning on giving one horse a treat... forget it lol bring enough for the whole barn LOL!

    Even my farrier gives treats to teh horses after there done and they know it! :P
         
        11-10-2009, 02:47 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I don't use treats at all for my current mare. She's a greedy, greedy girl and very mouthy. Treats just make her more so. I prefer to pat her and groom her.
         
        11-10-2009, 04:28 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    See if any of the horses that I work with start getting really mouthy, instead of completely taking away whats causing it I fix it.. if its really needed I lessen it and work on the problem.
         
        11-10-2009, 04:39 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I give treats. I don't hand out treats for something the horse is expected to do, and never during the lesson. The only time my horse gets treats is when ever whatever we were doing is over for the day. Of course he always gets my praise and a good pat, but treats only come when the whole job is done. He knows the difference between a treat and your body parts. There was a time he got pushy, so he got whacked on the lips expecting a treat, then I had baking soda on my hand, and he was trying to nip, so I held my hand flat and he tasted that stuff, man! He never tried to nip me again, and he always smells and makes sure that what it is my hand is good. Haha.
         
        11-10-2009, 04:43 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Lololol Poor guy haha
         
        11-10-2009, 04:48 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    It really depends on the horse. Noah was WAY too pushy for treats. I actually had to ask everyone in the barn not to feed him anything from their hands. The little haflinger pony that I'm buddies with LOVES treats but is a gentleman. He's so cute, I can't help giving him treats all the time! I usually reserve treats for post-work, but I am also known for driving out to the barn on my lunch hour and sneaking treats to my buddies in the pasture.
         
        11-10-2009, 08:41 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I love giving treats, so it's been a dually therapy trying to break both me AND Jynx of the habit. My Arab mare isn't much "food motivated". I've never had an issue with her nipping, or getting lippy, begging for food or any of the problems associated with it. So she gets treats quite often (always when I'm done riding or grooming her).

    However, with my 2 year old, she has a pretty bad junkie way about her. She's constantly fixated on food, and while it can be nice (taught her how to bow in two days, LOL!) I'm working hard to simply not hand feed her. I've really upped the ante now that she's started grabbing at jackets. She's never bitten, but she's just obnoxious so I'm nipping it in the bud now. It may be very likely she'll never be able to be hand fed without reverting back to old habits.

    I keep my treating completely random. I don't typically use food to reward good behavior unless I'm actually using the food as the motivater (tricks). Sometimes they get one when I catch, sometimes when I turn them loose, sometimes just random in the middle of grooming.
         
        11-10-2009, 08:47 PM
      #30
    Trained
    Gracie hardly ever gets treats, and the only time she does get them, they are put in her grain bucket. She's a baby still, and will get awful nippy otherwise. Her favorite thing EVER is bananas. =]

    Ricci gets treats when we stretch after a ride. And after she gets her feet done or the vet comes out. They give her TONS of treats, because she's such an angel, lol. I'm not really a big treat-giver though, my girls are more attention-motivated than food-motivated.
         

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