Treats for doing what you ask

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Do you give food treats during training sessions?

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Treats for doing what you ask

Postby Alan » Wed May 02, 2007 2:54 pm

How many of you give treats to your horse during training sessions? Is it okay to do in your opinion. I'll hold mine for a few post... although I'm sure some of you know my opinion already. Got this thought from the "feet problem" post. What is spoiling a horse?

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Postby DrumRunner728 » Wed May 02, 2007 3:19 pm

Given in a timely fashion and not overdone, treats are a good way to reward a horse for doing the right thing. My barrel horse refused to take the bit when I first bought him. It was a struggle every day to bridle him up. I tried giving him a small treat as soon as he would take the bit (yes, with the bit in his mouth - oh, horrors!) and it didn't take but a day or two before he was asking for the bit.

Giving treats and spoiling a horse are two different things. You can give a horse too many treats and turn them into nippers, and you can certainly spoil a horse without ever forking over a treat. That being said, spoiling a horse with good and proper care is one thing. Allowing a horse to "run over you" and thus creating a spoiled horse is a . . . well, it's a horse of a different color. :lol:
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Postby cathys » Wed May 02, 2007 7:37 pm

I use treats for my horses, I bought some that were real hard and my old 22 year old couldn't eat them so I found some that were like cracker texture apple flavor he loved them...he I gave treats to just because .. I didn't have to ask this horse twice to do anything, wish I would have found him many years before.. Bless your soul "Gigaboo" may you rest in peace.
I am also starting with 2 yearlings..one my Arab mare gave birth to last August and the other I rescued from a kill buyer at the sale barn, wish me luck with them! I have never had this experience before but I am finding out quickly that the colt that was with mom all winter is alot harder to handle than the one that was taken away from mom at the sale barn.
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Re: Treats for doing what you ask

Postby msscamp » Wed May 02, 2007 8:33 pm

Alan wrote:How many of you give treats to your horse during training sessions? Is it okay to do in your opinion. I'll hold mine for a few post... although I'm sure some of you know my opinion already. Got this thought from the "feet problem" post. What is spoiling a horse?

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Depends on the horse. I've been known to 'bribe' a horse or two with treats in certain circumstances, but other horses I would not even consider it.
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Postby circlet » Thu May 03, 2007 8:46 am

i give treats at random for the most part, like maybe i'm just happy seeing all of them in the pen standing around looking at me and i'll grab a scoop of sweet feed for them.

during training i don't give them as a reward for doing what i've asked - that's their job! i also don't give treats after a ride, i don't want them to associate going home with getting something special. but, like msscamp i have on occasion used a treat to bribe a horse, but never as a training aid.
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Postby peg4x4 » Thu May 03, 2007 11:58 am

A treat for comeing to me when I whistle-- Anywhere,any time..Could save your life,or the horses.
NEVER let one reach in your pocket for a treat..leads to nipping..Always on your turmes(sp) because you want pony to have it,not cause it wants it..
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Postby circlet » Thu May 03, 2007 1:15 pm

hey peg, "treating" them for coming when you whistle is a pretty sharp idea! i might have to try that. does it work most every time?
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Postby peg4x4 » Thu May 03, 2007 1:26 pm

Did for me-- Just never lie to the horse! When he comes,ALWAYS a treat..then you can slip the rope on and lead him off :) Same thing with a dog..When he comes to you,he is a good dog..NEVER call anything to you to be punished!!
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Postby DrumRunner728 » Thu May 03, 2007 2:53 pm

peg4x4 wrote:A treat for comeing to me when I whistle--

Peg, my gelding ALWAYS comes when I call him - always has - but I also am sure to reward that behavior with a treat to his liking (apple wafers are his favorite).

In my opinion, somebody else needs to own the horse that you have to chase around the pasture and hem up to catch. :mad:
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Postby circlet » Thu May 03, 2007 3:25 pm

well what really got my wheels turning about "treating" them when they come when you whistle is your remark about saving your own or your horses life. i have no trouble at all catching them when they're penned up, but in a wide open situation, that trick could REALLY come in handy.

i agree with you on the dogs too, never punish them for coming to you, even if they've been running wild and you're mad at them, don't punish a dog for coming to you, cause they won't associate their bad behavior with the scolding, they'll associate the fact that they came to you.

i try VERY hard to not spoil my horses, my dogs are a completely different story...:)
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Postby Just_a_girl » Thu May 03, 2007 5:54 pm

I try not to give treats.
After riding or a working, I will brush my horse for a long time, massage his neck, back, and legs. I talk to him. He seems to like it, his eyes are almost closed, head is lowered, and he licks his lips. When I think I'm done and go put the brush and comb away, he follows, stops along side me, eyes almost closed, lowers his head, and lick his lips. Yeah, I would say he likes it, and I think that brushing and combing is treat enough in his book. :D
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Postby Alan » Thu May 03, 2007 6:39 pm

Just_a_girl wrote:I try not to give treats.
After riding or a working, I will brush my horse for a long time, massage his neck, back, and legs. I talk to him. He seems to like it, his eyes are almost closed, head is lowered, and he licks his lips. When I think I'm done and go put the brush and comb away, he follows, stops along side me, eyes almost closed, lowers his head, and lick his lips. Yeah, I would say he likes it, and I think that brushing and combing is treat enough in his book. :D


Nice response! My horses always come to me, every time (my wife's horses I have to been almost be begging :D ). I never give them food treats for doing what I want, but I always make sure it's a good, pleasant experience. I've seen plenty of people walking around with the horses nose in the pocket they keep the treats. Although If I'm just walking or working around the barn They get plent of treats, they like red licorce (sp), apples, carrots, peppermint candy..... or even green grass. I like food treats, but not for working, you might spoil a horse. 8)

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Postby Just_a_girl » Thu May 03, 2007 7:02 pm

Alan wrote:
Just_a_girl wrote:I try not to give treats.
After riding or a working, I will brush my horse for a long time, massage his neck, back, and legs. I talk to him. He seems to like it, his eyes are almost closed, head is lowered, and he licks his lips. When I think I'm done and go put the brush and comb away, he follows, stops along side me, eyes almost closed, lowers his head, and lick his lips. Yeah, I would say he likes it, and I think that brushing and combing is treat enough in his book. :D


Nice response! My horses always come to me, every time (my wife's horses I have to been almost be begging :D ). I never give them food treats for doing what I want, but I always make sure it's a good, pleasant experience. I've seen plenty of people walking around with the horses nose in the pocket they keep the treats. Although If I'm just walking or working around the barn They get plent of treats, they like red licorce (sp), apples, carrots, peppermint candy..... or even green grass. I like food treats, but not for working, you might spoil a horse. 8)

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thank you. :D

I like to use a gentle hand when working with my horses. I don't like others handling or riding my horses unless I see that my horses are relaxed and comfortable with the person. Because from past experience I have seen my horse tense up under a different handler or rider who was too uptight in the first place. I get a little TO if someone starts pushing and pulling on my horses. :mad:
I never want to get my horse to do something by putting fear into him. You never know when that will blow up in your face. :(
I just try to earn their trust, I don't usually have a problem. ;-)

okay, I should say that I do give my horses apples and carrots on Christmas morning. :)
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Postby chippie » Fri May 04, 2007 10:43 am

No treats during training because you can set yourself up for problems in the future, especially if you have a smart horse.

Namely being you are in a situation where you can't give a treat like at a show or working or you don't have a treat to give.

The horse expects to get paid, you don't pay him and he gets ticked. A girl at another board was having a hard time getting her horse to stop and stand still. She started giving him a carrot piece when he stopped. Then he wanted two and wouldn't go. She quit the treat and he bit her foot plus threw a tremendous fit.

When working or training, a kind word and pat as a reward for a job well done goes a long way.

Horses are not dogs.
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Postby DrumRunner728 » Fri May 04, 2007 11:42 am

You know what they say about opinions . . . everybody has one. :lol:
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