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    07-15-2012, 03:59 PM
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Foal
Should you hand feed your horse??

I've herd lots of people's opinions about hand feeding horses that it makes your horse spoiled and disrespectful and one guy said he saw a little girl get her hand bitten. I've been told not to so I don't do it anymore and my horses don't beg and strech out their neck for my pockets anymore but I saw someone go into a pasture with 6 horses and 2 carrots and all the horses were coming after her for the carrots but she fed them anyways nothing bad happened just the horses were pushy it looked kinda dangerous. I just want peoples opinions weather I should hand feed or not. So sorry about the long message but I'd appreciate your comments

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    07-15-2012, 04:05 PM
  #2
Weanling
I hand feed my horses but it's not an everday type thing ...it's like every once in a while . I personally don't see any harm in it .
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    07-15-2012, 04:08 PM
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Yearling
You said the horses were pushy, it will get worse. I will give an occasional apple or carrot over the fence to my horses but it is not very often. I personally would not make a habit out of it.
     
    07-15-2012, 04:10 PM
  #4
Weanling
I personally try not to hand feed my horse, and I don't want people to give my horse treats (without my permission). I used to give my gelding treats but he started to get really demanding so I stopped the treats. I don't want him to bite someone's fingers because he wants treats.

On occasion I will hand feed him a treat, but I try not to. I like my fingers and a respectful horse
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    07-15-2012, 04:11 PM
  #5
Yearling
I had to hand feed my colt his feed for a little while because we had two episodes of choke. That was when I was terrified to feed him in his pan, but I eventually just put his soaked feed down and watched him with no problem.
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    07-15-2012, 04:24 PM
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Weanling
I occasionally hand feed treats, but it does make my horse pushy so I try to never give food as a reward.
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    07-15-2012, 04:25 PM
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Trained
You can do it without your horses getting pushy IF you don't accept ANY bad behavior while feeding. I hand feed treats (carrots and apples) every day without incident and all our mares wait patiently and there is never any nipping or fussing. When you're in a group of horses, any fussing is dangerous, and if there is any hint of fussing, they would all get run off.
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    07-15-2012, 04:31 PM
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Foal
I hand feed my gelding treats occasionally, but I make it random so he never expects to get a treat at a certain time or for doing a certain thing. And I make sure he is behaving himself before I give him anything. He is not a pushy horse by any means.
     
    07-16-2012, 07:00 AM
  #9
Yearling
(NOT in any manner making fun of the OP, but)--->
I just literally LOL after reading the HILARIOUS statement she writes: "...six horses and two carrots..." It brought this imagery to mind like..."Holy CRAP! THIS ratio is NEVER going to work--Arghhh, run away!!!"

Sorry...as for hand feeding, I agree...on OCCASION, but never expected, and never to reward the same behavior day after day or it becomes an expectation which can grow in a VERY pushy horse(s) for SURE!
     
    07-16-2012, 07:23 AM
  #10
Showing
On a special occasion otherwise no it goes into the feed bowl
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