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post #11 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:14 AM
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I give them treats just because but it's rare that I'll use them in training with the exception of trailer loading. They've had to learn to be nice about taking a treat from my hand just like my dogs have had to learn.
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post #12 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:24 AM
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Some horses act like greedy brats when treats are given, some horses are very grateful and appreciative of treats. Decide which type of horse you have and "treat" accordingly. My horses I have now are the appreciative type, however when one of the them was younger & I won't mention which one (INDY), he got pushy & demanding when treats were given, so he got none for a year until he learned how to accept them properly. I actually developed a recipe for horse cookies which I am pretty sure both my horses would sell rides on the street corner for.

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post #13 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:26 AM
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I like to treat after rides if i happen to have some. I more do it because it makes me feel good and I like how interested the horse gets. I also think it can help w/ the bond, just something else you are sharing w/ your horse.

I tend to not have much on me so I don't do it all that often.. which is probably for the best (so I don't spoil them and they start getting pushy) but when i do it's an exciting moment for both me and the horse. It's generally on a random ride. I wouldn't treat after a ride if they were being a butthead (I want to say because I don't want to reward the behavior, but really it's because if I get off a horse that just frustrated the heck out of me, i'm not particularly in a giving mood!) ...but most times I go out and ride the horse is fine and if I have something I'm happy to make him happy!
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post #14 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 11:50 AM
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I am a "just because I like you" treater. If I'm riding or doing some other work, I wait until after we're done, groomed, and ready to walk politely off the cross ties. For awhile, I was using carrots or apple slices for after-ride stretches, but my mare started anticipating that too much and got a little frantic about where the treat was going to appear. So I backed off that.

On a day I just stop by quickly to groom, I don't mind giving her a "just because" carrot, apple, or peppermint.

If I'm being honest, she is probably a little too much of a "pocket sniffer" because I do this with her, but it's a vice I guess I'm willing to live with at this particular time with this particular horse. I certainly know a lot of other people would disagree with that, and I respect that.
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post #15 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 12:22 PM
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I give treats under certain circumstances but I have had horses for 50+ years and I know when a horse is starting to overstep its "treat bounds" and is starting to do something that will eventually lead to the person with the treats getting bit.

The statement that "my horse just bit me for no reason" is pure malarkey. It was leading up to biting for a long time but, 100 times out of 100, it's a new horse owner getting bit because they can't recognize the early and subtle warning signs.

Soooo, where new horse owners are concerned, stop trying to make yourself feel better by feeding treats, until you learn when the the horse is lip nipping, nosing your pockets, trying to chew your buttons, because it wants candy.

It hurts not to give the horse something but believe me and every other long time horse owner, a few well placed scratches works just as well

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post #16 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 12:33 PM
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I am a treat person. I treat when they come to me in the pasture. makes catching them so easy. I treat when I am cinching up the saddle, (as a reward for him putting his head straight forward). he hates cinching so much that this makes the whole experience engagning in a different way.

sometimes, I'll be riding along, stop him and just reach down and give him a treat. I know this is dangerous, but I do it. why? I don't know.

when our ride is finsished, and I loosen the girth, one more treat before we walk down the long driveway.

and, sometimes, after I release him in the pasture, I treat again (on the ground).

so, I confess to being one who treats and spoils. there you have it.
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Waresbear, care to share the recipie ?

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post #18 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 01:21 PM
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I will. I juice with a green machine juicer, heavy sucker, so it spits out a lot of dry fibre. When I juice carrots & apple, I take the fiber, mix it with Cool Carbs (from Otter feeds) grain, the text, not the pellet, and organic black strap molasses, and a wee bit of organic whole wheat flour to make it more binding. Sorry I don't measure, so enough to make everything stick together, but the main ingredients are the fibre and text grain, I put spoonfuls tightly packed into the mini muffins trays and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. You can add peppermint extract to the mixture if your horse likes peppermints. These muffins dry out to a hard form and you can store them like regular, non-perishable horse cookies.

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post #19 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 01:29 PM
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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.
I think we have the same MIL!

I occasionally treat. Most often not by hand, but sometimes I do. Both the boys came to me from separate homes and had gotten a bit mouthy, so it was a LONG while before either of them got treats. It's also important to remember there is a right way and time to give treats and a wrong way.

Horse standing patiently out of my space. OK to treat.
Horse getting anxious or impatient. Bumping me, nuzzling my, pawing, or pulling on the rope. No treat and possibly a light smack.
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post #20 of 134 Old 04-17-2015, 01:39 PM
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I am a treat person. I treat when they come to me in the pasture. makes catching them so easy. I treat when I am cinching up the saddle, (as a reward for him putting his head straight forward). he hates cinching so much that this makes the whole experience engagning in a different way.

sometimes, I'll be riding along, stop him and just reach down and give him a treat. I know this is dangerous, but I do it. why? I don't know.

when our ride is finsished, and I loosen the girth, one more treat before we walk down the long driveway.

and, sometimes, after I release him in the pasture, I treat again (on the ground).

so, I confess to being one who treats and spoils. there you have it.
I'll treat before I mount (not for any special reason), then treat about halfway through the ride - stopping him and reaching down to give him one, then treat when we get home and the bridle is off, and treat after I let him go in the pasture.
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