The Confessions of a Siner
The confession of a Sinner
I am guilty MiLud.
I have bought and keep in my pocket horse biscuits - you know those bikky things the size of a sugar cube. Everytime I go up to the stables there will be a couple in my pocket. As I get to the stable door, my mare will come over and give me a little nudge.
"Where's me biscuit?" she communicates.
"You are not supposed to have one. They are fattening" I reply.
"Go on, just one" she says.
"No I am told they are bad. Very bad". "Anyway it is cheating"
"Well I only want one. I'll be very good" With that I get another nudge this time a bit harder.
So what do I do: I reach down in my pocket and bring out a tiny biscuit which she licks off my hand.
Then I get another nudge - guess why!
Now the vet nags me and says the biscuit is 50% fat. The horse dentist nags me because he says there might be sugar in the biscuit. The wife nags because she says I am spoiling the horse. The other women up at the livery yard nag because they say I am being a bad example.
And the mare nags because she says she doesn't get enough biscuits.
But I have noticed one thing. Every time I turn up, the mare comes over to the stable door and stands there until I get close, when she'll give me a nudge. If she is down in the field, she'll always stand still and let me affix the head collar. But I have to give her the biscuit as I reach up over her head.
The nudge is very much a sign of positive communication. To my horse I smell of a biscuit.
Now of course there is one other aspect to all this. I get pleasure from giving my horse a tiny biscuit. It is a 'thank you' for being good to me. So if giving her one makes her happy and is at the same time a reward for doing well what I have asked of her - then I am going to keep on doing it.
And the nagging will continue too. "Guilty Milud - as charged".
I am very much the same with my boy. He's just so good, he deserves a treat. Although I try to only buy the healthier biscuits for him and the last batch I had was a supplement as well and you could feed 7 of them a day and it was very good for him. I plan to buy more.
Their "You have a cookie for me?" faces are just too much!
I always feel bad if I forget to bring an apple, carrots, or cookies. The other day I bought him and myself ginger snaps.
He's SO spoiled!
hahaha, reminds me of someone...
Or should I say some horse....
Of course its not my well mannered boy
Haha, my horse refuses to leave the barn after a ride until I give him a treat...and he is very persistent.
But that's nothing compared to my camel. His breakfast is him sharing a poptart with my aunt...and the alpacas sneak some poptart too. And then the camel has a banana every night before he goes to bed.
And if we have pizza out there, Thunder can somehow sense it, because he will stand at the gate waiting on some.
My boy loves treats, but I still have to be careful 'how many' and how often I give them, because when I got him he had a nasty nippy bitey habit. I am even more careful now, because he is living in an environment with children; although they aren't allowed near the horses without supervision, I would hate to have him nibble someone's hand\fingers!
DeDes not the only one getting fat from them buiscuits barry...so is bradley! On our yard barry is the 'treat man' and my horse is a professional mugger! so barry gives before hes brought to the ground and mugged!
BG, I joined the ranks of sinners a few weeks ago and I am never going back to the light! I was of the "treats are evil" persuasion until I discovered that my pony is like a labrador retriever when it comes to all things gustatory. Since this piece of info came to light, I have found a new way to motivate him and we are moving forward with leaps and bounds. Of course I use treats judiciously and with great care (reward rather than bribe) but he also gets goodies when we're hanging out and having quality time, as long as he behaves and asks politely.
I tried one of Joe's favorites on him the other day- salt and vinegars. He eagerly snatched it from my hand and about 1 second later spat it on the ground with an utterly wounded face as he licked to try and remove the taste. His pasture mate snuffled it up and begged for more. The mare is hooked, my boy was wary about taking treats the rest of the day!
Tonight, for the first time he whinnied to me as I came to collect him from the field and didn't even nudge me for a cookie when I got there. Maybe treats aren't the root of all evil after all.
See - I told you.
But you will have to be firm
You will have to hide the packets.
They will all be jealous.
You will be the sinner
You will have to be resolute
Ps & You will get the licks and nudges.
I have been thinking about the salt and vinegars
Now these have to be fed from the packet
and there are other flavours
and it is part of the ritual
- the hack to the pub
- the faithful wait whilst the Old Man has a glass of red
- the whinney and the expectant nudge
- the remounting
- and the fast trip home
As you know horses just love routine
Try beef flavour - if the Boy doesn't like them , then you can eat them
I'm not sure I would enjoy beef breath as much as peppermint breath. I had no salt and vinegars the other day... all I had was my bag of Doritos which, I don't mind admitting, I'm very selfish about. He asked politely... I offered.... and after much sniffing and looking at that odd orange triangle he decided to hold out for a peppermint. Nacho breath avoided.
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