Training horses with food rewards is still relatively new for me, but I have been so impressed with the results that I am getting and the improved attitudes in my horses that I know I will only be looking for more ways to incorporate treats and positive reinforcement into my training.
One of the essential tools for training with treats is something to carry the treats in. Pockets may work fine in cooler weather when we are wearing jackets, but they don’t work so well when we don’t have any pockets. Fortunately, an easy solution is simply to use a treat pouch. There are many types of treat pouches available. I started off with one that had a very simple design – just one compartment with a magnetic closure. It worked fine for a while but I really needed one that was larger and had a few more “options.”
The Petsafe Treat Pouch has, in my opinion, everything you need in a treat holder. It is the perfect size – holding plenty of food for a training session but not so large that it is too bulky. It comes with a belt but also has a belt clip so you can choose how you want to attach it. It also has two compartments – the main food compartment, plus an outside Velcro pouch perfect for holding a clicker. One of the best features of the Petsafe pouch is that it has a metal hinge opening that snaps open and shut. So when it is open you can easily put your hand in to get the food, or you can snap it shut and not have to worry about anything spilling out. Truly a perfect solution for carrying treats!
This pouch is now one of the tools that I use every single day – and they are very inexpensive on Amazon. See the link below to get one of your own! By the way – this pouch is also perfect for training other animals too – because of the two compartments I can carry treats for my dog as well as grain or carrots for the horses (or the goat!).