How To Give Your Horse A Treat
El Blanco loves grapes, Romanesque likes bananas, Maestro likes apples cut in slices, Toronto goes for carrots, and Prince Elmelund steals the pears in our garden! ‍‍ ‍‍ Now our horse can perceive a treat - given by us personally - in two ways:
  • 1. He sees it as a gift from you
  • 2. He is taking it from you
But this is important: If we use our hands to give our horse a treat, we have to make sure our horse sees it as a gift! He should not experience it as if he’s taking it from us. Now, this might look like a slight difference and a tiny detail... But the devil is in the detail: It will make a HUGE difference in our horse’s perspective and his mental state! Therefore, he's not allowed to demand, take or snatch the treat from you. So if our horse sees it as a gift and accepts it in a polite and gentle way, it will prevent all kind of begging, grabbing, and mugging issues.

4 Tips

Here’s how you teach your horse to accept your treat in a respectful way:
  1. When your horse has a pushy attitude and wants to take it from you in a kind of rude way, don’t give it and don’t let him have it.
  1. Just take the food away or keep your hand closed to take away the desired treat, in order to let him know his behavior is undesired.
  1. When he keeps an opposed face or state, back him up until he shows a friendly face, then release, to let him know this is the desired mental state.
  1. Keep protecting your space and only when he’s more friendly and polite and only when he behaves, you reward this desired behavior by giving him the treat.

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