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Trick training?

Hello :) as most of you know I just purchased a 3 year old, unbroke standardbred mare Boxing Day! She is an amazingly fast learner (this is the first horse I've started!) and believe it or not can already walk and trot under saddle (working on canter). Since she did so amazing the 3 times I rode her (first ever times with someone on her back) I decided to give her a good 2 days off where I just went to groom her and do some bonding. She learned to give kisses yesterday, and I've taught lots of other horses to do different tricks (lay down, Spanish walk, hug, kiss, rear) but she is completely different, she is in no way motivated my treats! She hates being alone and since she just got at this we barn she is turned out alone with no real contact to other horses (she can see them, just not touch them). So she seems to always be waiting at the gait to come in, I mean I like that she follows me like a puppy dog when I'm there, but I just want her to enjoy her time outside too! Can anyone think of a way to get her to like being outside more? There's lots of snow but she has a very warm winter blanket and lots of hay, she is turned out during the day and then brought in at night to be fed her grain.

So I guess I have a few questions, how can I help her enjoy her time outside more? Is it possible to help her know that it's ok to eat treats ( she never got any before I got her)? Does anyone have any fun and simple trick suggestions? I want to teach her lots but I want to start fun and simple! If anyone has any homemade treat recipes for picky horses that'd be good, I made her carrot cookies and everyone at the barn loved them (horses and dogs) just not her... Thanks again guys!

Here are some videos of her!

Thanks again and I'm super happy I chose a standardbred as my first horse! She has been amazing in everyway, couldn't be happier! Also before anyone freaks out that I bought a completely unbroke horse as my first, my instuctor thinks it was a good idea and I'm arranging to have her continue giving me lessons on her, so everything is working out perfectly! :)
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