To Treat Or Not To Treat, That Is The Question

To Treat Or Not To Treat, That Is The Question

March 22, 2021 3 Comments

Watch this video overview for everything about treats. Detailing when, when not to, why, why not to, where, how, and even what type of treats to use. This video is one of hundreds of training videos in our Mastery University.

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Sylvie
Sylvie

April 14, 2021

This video about treats was extremely helpful! Thank you for sharing your knowledge on the subject!

Saralee Garber
Saralee Garber

March 26, 2021

I have an LBI mare, and treats have made a huge difference in our relationship. She is very polite about taking them, but I can always tell if she’s upset or confused about something, because she won’t take the treat. She occasionally asks for a treat, but anymore I notice that the ask usually comes after she has put forth a lot of effort, or she has done something very well. If she just goes through the motions without much effort, she usually doesn’t expect a treat. So, because she seems to have figured out somewhat when she actually deserves a treat, I do give her one at those times. I’ve found that if I show my horses that my hands are empty, they don’t ask for a treat until they see me rub my pocket or treat pouch, then they get interested again. I also have a cue word for when she gets a treat. I say, “cookie” and then she knows she gets a treat. That way, I can say, “Yes” or “good girl” as she does a task and she knows she’s on the right track and she keeps going, then when we stop, if it was cookie worthy, I use the cue and give her a treat. I also cue her when riding, by touching her side when she’s standing still and saying, “cookie” and she turns her head to the side I touch, and I get stretches both directions. It’s an interesting concept. Buck Brannaman frowns on anyone who gives treats, but, like you, I’ve found that “it depends”.

Anna Newman
Anna Newman

March 24, 2021

Excellent information Don – especially the last bit!

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