I'm not really taking about the dishing out of food/treats, as I understand why a horse should have manners for that.
So, food aggression/pushiness should be corrected (when the food is already down and the horse is eating, but you want to go over there an mess with the horse, instead of leaving the horse to eat in peace), but choose to simply not give the horse treats (instead of trying to fix the aggression/pushiness).
Technically, both (food/treat aggression/pushiness) could be avoided by not messing with the horse while they are eating or giving them treats. Technically, if what you guys say is true, both (food/treat aggression/pushiness) could be corrected/fixed.
I guess I still don't understand why people are so adamant about correcting food aggression/pushiness, but not treat aggression - as in simply not dealing with it by simply not feeding treats. Again, this is solely on one reason - based on aggression/pushiness, not stuff like diet considerations, allergies, or you simply not wanting to..
I've heard some people say they don't carry treats anywhere near their horse or feed treats to their horse *specifically due to treat aggression/pushiness
* (not stuff like diet or allergies).
Isn't it kind of a safety thing to teach a horse how to be respectful around treat time, even if you aren't going to feed treats a lot/regularly?
Originally Posted by newtrailriders View Post
We live next door to my parents and my dad loves to go and feed the horses carrots over the fence. When he goes out into the pasture for whatever reason, my sweet little mare likes to go demand carrots and bite him on the shoulder if he doesn't have one. So seriously....70 year old men should not be feeding treats to horses and then going out in the pasture with them, but you can't tell a 70 year old man anything.
I do not, nor do I condone, feeding random horses treats without their owner's permission, but in the case above, wouldn't it still have been safer to teach the horse to accept treats respectfully? Again, even if you aren't feeding treats a lot, often, or regularly....
I am not talking about giving a treat when the horse is being aggressive/pushy (you know, like, rewarding the horse for it); I am talking about after their first treat. Some horse (and I speak from experience) get a little aggressive/pushy after their first treat looking for a second - even if they were giving the first initial treat as an out-of-the-blue surprise - and they were an absolute, perfect, little, angel. To avoid this, some people choose to simply not give their horse treats (again, for absolutely no other reason besides their aggressive/pushy behavior). I just don't understand why some people choose to "fix" treat aggression/pushiness by simply not feeding their horse treats.
I know that sounds like a rant, but I am genuinely wondering why, as stated in my first post.
Sorry. I don't really know how else to explain it. I know I just said the same thing forty times....