Treats at Christmas!

Hello again. Today I would like to talk a little more about treats as it's one area that seems to cause a lot of people a lot of confusion. When people are having difficulties with using treats, it is always because they haven't put in place the right foundations. Treats work for me because I set a strong bond without treats first and then I develop respect with a horse using treats. In formative training, I do not carry treats on me because it helps to keep the horse's attention on my direction instead of begging. In short, a horse will then perform what I ask without wanting a treat when I don't carry them with me. A horse will learn respect quickly if you put food on the ground, explain to him that the food is not his and that he needs to look for your direction when he is allowed to eat and when he isn't, just like a nursing foal. By not having the treats on me, I notice the horse thinking more about his performance and trying to figure out what it is that I am asking him to accomplish and he loses interest in the treats very quickly.

 

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