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
But this is important:
- 2. He is taking it from you
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.
Here’s how you teach your horse to accept your treat in a respectful way:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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