Giving Treats: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - The Horse Forum
 318Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Williams, Arizona
Posts: 5,980
• Horses: 0
Giving Treats: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Wasn't sure where to put this but since I've only owned since December, I put it here as new to horses.

I've searched about treats but haven't came up with much. I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts about giving treats. I would not be surprised if there are some very strong opinions with very sound reasons that never the less conflict with each being correct in one way or another.

Being a new owner and having fallen very hard for horses, I admit to possibly being way too fond of giving treats. They are such great animals and giving them a big fat Luv-Its just seems to cause them such enjoyment............

CDC Advisor: " Wearing a mask is a lot easier than wearing a ventilator"
Hondo is offline  
post #2 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:39 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tehachapi Mountains, CA
Posts: 2,138
• Horses: 3
As with all horse things, you'll get those who hate giving treats, those who swear by it and those who just think "meh", LOL.

Personally, I don't give alot of treats. When I do, I try not to hand feed them since with some horses it can create nippiness. My 1/2 Arab mare is really good about not being nippy; my AQHA mare, not so much. So when I do treat, I usually give it to them in a bucket or their feed dish or the trailer bumper, LOL.
Hondo likes this.
kewpalace is offline  
post #3 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:45 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 1,564
• Horses: 1
I'll bite on this thread. I think I'm one of those "meh" people kewpalace just mentioned about :) Sometimes I treat...mostly when I'm cleaning out the refrigerator, but most of the time I don't treat. I think it has it's place for training purposes.

Now...what I cannot STAND is when my mother in law comes over with an entire bag of apples and wants to feed the whole thing to three horses. NO. Just no.
jenkat86 is offline  
post #4 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Kansas, USA
Posts: 2,984
• Horses: 4
I only treat my horse if we go on a ride, are working on something, or just because he's cute (which is rare - that I give treats for just nothing, not him never being cute).

When I ride, I'll take four with me. If I'm going to be doing something on the ground or something new, I'll pack more or else cut baby carrots in half and use a lot of those.

I treat from my hand, he's never gotten nippy. Personally (no haters), I feel like if people just toss the treat in a bucket and run, they aren't addressing the issue and are just avoiding it...and who.knows if some stranger rides/walks by your pasture, sees a cute horse, and wants to give it grass - then nip.
Posted via Mobile Device
loosie, Hondo and LilyandPistol like this.
Roman is offline  
post #5 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:46 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Missouri
Posts: 245
• Horses: 0
no content,sorry
Hondo likes this.
ducky123 is offline  
post #6 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:51 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tehachapi Mountains, CA
Posts: 2,138
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roman View Post
I feel like if people just toss the treat in a bucket and run, they aren't addressing the issue and are just avoiding it...and who.knows if some stranger rides/walks by your pasture, sees a cute horse, and wants to give it grass - then nip.
Okay, then...
Hondo likes this.
kewpalace is offline  
post #7 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 10:56 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 583
• Horses: 2
Although I don't give treats on a daily basis, I enjoy treating them just as much as they enjoy receiving treats. I feed from my hand with my TB but not our Appy and QH as they are on the pushy side looking for more. The TB is respectful and doesn't mug you for more.
Hondo likes this.
dkb811 is offline  
post #8 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:02 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 2,664
• Horses: 1
I like treats and think they can be a great part of training and bonding. Like anything else with horses, you just have to be mindful of how you are presenting them and in what context.

I've seen people give treats after horses pinned their ears and nipped, and this should NEVER be done because then they're rewarding negative and dangerous behavior. Manners should always be paramount, and a horse that cannot mind it's manners when food is involved should not get treated by hand.
Mulefeather is offline  
post #9 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:05 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 917
• Horses: 0
I'm very 'pro treats' with Sonny. I think it depends on the horse, though. Sonny has never offered to be nippy about it. I make him be respectful before giving the treat, also. He definitely wouldnt get one if he tried to mug me for it. I use them for reward , mostly, which imho causes him to put more effort into his 'try'.

I also use graduated treats, when I can remember to do that. A piece of carrot or apple for when he finally 'gets' something we've been working on, or gives a really big try at it,,,a store bought treat/cookie for a good job on familar task, and a couple of cheerios (yes, the cereal), for a good job on very familar task. Yes, he is thrilled to get TWO little cheerios. LOL !
And, of course, praise/scratches when a 'treat' is earned, but not even a cheerio. LOL. I mostly forget to graduate the reward, and use storebought treats.

He's very food motivated, so I think food reward is of good use with him. If I even say 'good boy', he starts muttering/low grumbles of a nicker and ears pricked forward because he thinks he might get a treat.

I even treat him from the saddle, but I have attached a cue to it. I lean down and lightly pinch him to let him know I'm offering a treat, which causes him to bend his head around to take it. Might come in handy someday if I need to rebuckle a bridle, or pick up dropped reins. Acutally have used it to pick up dropped reins, come to think of it.

Fay

Respect......rapport......impulsion......flexion.. .
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli
mslady254 is offline  
post #10 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:12 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Posts: 6,161
• Horses: 4
I'll hand feed treats, no big deal.
Corporal, boots, Hondo and 1 others like this.
natisha is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alright.. Have at it.. The good, the bad, and the ugly.. DrumRunner Horse Riding Critique 17 08-31-2012 12:44 AM
QH Pedigree -good, bad or ugly? Customcanines Horse Breeds 11 08-11-2012 09:32 PM
The good, the bad, and the ugly... ThirteenAcres Horse Talk 9 06-08-2012 01:57 PM
The good, the bad, and the ugly.. DrumRunner Horse Pictures 18 06-04-2012 10:55 PM
The good, the bad and the ugly. NordicJuniper Jumping 3 07-12-2009 07:59 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome