Stop the Mugging! Using treats in Equine Training
Q: My horse needed work on ground manners, so I hired a trainer who told me to stop hand-feeding treats. The trainer said the treats are making my horse pushy and mouthy and that my horse sees me as a human Pez dispenser, not a leader. Could my horse’s poor ground manners really be caused by carrots?

A: There are many good reasons to use carrots and other treats with horses. It can strengthen your relationship with the horse, and training with a food reward is an effective way to shape new behaviors and condition relaxed emotional responses.¹ Most a

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