Originally Posted by gunslinger
Funny, the shelves are stocked with treats in most of the retail establishments and feed stores so some one other than me must be buying them.
I'm the one buying them
! It's one of my insane, little, guilty pleasures. Every time I'm in a tack or feed store I have to shop the treat aisle, to see what new flavors are in stock, even though I know my horses' favorite treat is black licorice candy that I get at the dollar store. I must have 10lbs. Of horse cookies in my barn right now.
I use treats in my training(I know some think this is huge no-no) when my horse gets something right for the first time, when he puts in extra effort and does a task exceptionally well, or when he seems to be getting dull about doing a task and needs incentive to do it with more enthusiasm.
It's rarely that I use the packaged horse cookies for training, they leave yucky crumbs in my pocket. I carry a licorice whip in my pocket, or a carrot, the boughten cookies go in the grain pan each evening, because it makes me happy, and making me happy is the sole reason for my horses' existence