Is your horse polite about hand feeding?

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    03-16-2011, 08:03 PM
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Is your horse polite about hand feeding?

I know that many people say not to handfeed and I kind of feel like a bad girl doing it, and here I am showing you a way to do it even better! But having had a horse that took my whole hand into his mouth in his sloppy grab for a treat, I learned this technique from another horseperson for teaching a horse to wait patiently , or at least carefully touch your hand with his muzzle, not grab with lips and teeth.

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    03-16-2011, 08:11 PM
Green Broke
My Fjord Bella is such a piglet and always in your pocket but I have never met a horse so precosious as she is when taking treats from your hand! Makes me laugh everytime because she's trying to be so careful and has such big lips!
Chico on the other hand isn't rude or pushy but she don't care if she accidentally nips your skin in the process lol!
Awesome tips though. Never thought of that! & the horse your working with is beautiful! :O
    03-16-2011, 08:19 PM
Cool, I'll have to try that. Persia has really big lips and slimes the heck out of you so I would love to teach her to be more gentle.
Random fact, I have that ladys halter and lead rope
    03-16-2011, 08:23 PM
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Thanks ladies. I had fun making these videos. I have two more in the Natural Horsemanship forum. Please check them out.
Thank you!

Ps Mac, the appy there , is a total sweetheart!
    03-16-2011, 08:25 PM
Oh I didn't realize that was you until I saw your other thread. I thought you were just sharing. Thanks for the info.
    03-16-2011, 09:51 PM
Nice, I've never tried that either. Though my mare is pretty well behaved about taking treats or grain from the hand, even to the little kids that curl their fingers up, never once has she bit them. On the other hand her colt wasn't all to nice when my little cousin wanted to feed him, he nipped his fingers by accident so we showed my cousin not all horses do that by forcing him to let my mare take food from his hand. XD
    03-16-2011, 09:59 PM
I'm like most trainers "don't hand feed!"

But I hand feed as a reward whenever they join up with me well when i'm catching them. Not a bribe though of course. Helps keep them sweet on me :)
    03-16-2011, 10:01 PM
EXCELLENT TIP! I would have never thought of that!! I'll be sure to try that =)
    03-16-2011, 10:06 PM
Interesting and thanks for sharing. Both of my boys are very delicate when taking anything from your hand, even my 10mth old. Makes me a happy mom. Lol
    03-16-2011, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
My lot wouldnt dare be rude about it. They know full well that they only get treats when I feel like giving them. Begging and searching pockets wont get them anything. They all take only when offered.

I recently taught Reeco to give kisses for treats but he still realises that if I don't give the signal then kisses won get him anything!

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