Regarding using treats..
Intermittent treating is best. My horse knows a few tricks and refuses to do them for over people because they don't give him treats. It's kind of annoying when other people are messing with their horses and try to get my horse to listen then complain to me when he doesn't. My horse absolutely knows how to beg for a treat on his own - be will start offering up tricks WITHOUT a cue from me. He'll do this when we're doing liberty play. He will also offer up tricks when he is confused about what I'm asking for but knows I want something. He will also offer tricks a minute or two after a strong correction.
In the pasture..
My horse will always let me walk up to him and catch him. He understands he's not to run - because I will absolutely make him free lunge and pay attention. I've trained him to come in when I yell his name and when I yell HORSES (to bring in everyone). He will not answer for other things but that's just how it ended up.
Totally can work. You have to be consistent and dedicated to it. I don't do it with my horse but just because we're working we'll as we are.
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