Study: Horses Prefer Food Rewards to Verbal Praise

The researchers said owners shouldn’t stop using verbal praise, but they recommended adding a treat or food reward to help motivate horses to learn.
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For the moment, Lansade said, no scientific study has been able to prove that secondary reinforcement can substitute a food reward to motivate him to do the requested exercise. | Photo: iStock

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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