11-10-2009, 08:41 PM
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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.