Using food rewards in training horses often gets a bad reputation. Many people fear that it causes pushiness, nipping, or biting from the horse. However, food rewards can be a very valuable training asset, and when used correctly, can make any training a lot more effective.
One of the most important keys to success in training with food is to teach your horse good manners.
Here are 3 keys to teaching better manners around food:
#1 – Be aware of your horse's behavior
#2 – Know what you do want your horse to do
#3 – Don't reward unwanted behavior
For more help on teaching your horse better food manners, click below to play the video.
Now, I know you may have been told to simply avoid feeding your horse any treats, and the truth is, if you aren't aware of how to train food manners, then this is probably the best advice. But with the knowledge of how to expect better manners from your horse, you can have a horse who takes treats politely and can have the ability to use food rewards as a powerful motivator in your training.
I would love to hear your comments and questions on this topic!