Food is a powerful motivator, and is a very useful tool in training. Using food when training horses is frowned upon by some out of the concern that feeding a horse will cause pushiness, biting, or a horse who is just always looking for a handout.
If food or treats are used inappropriately, they can absolutely cause all of the above behaviors, however when used well, food can make training more fun for the horse, create good associations around “scary” things, such as the horse trailer, and according to this study even remember their training longer.
When you do train with food, the type of food you use is important, and there are four ways to determine the best food to use for your horse. Hit play on the video below to learn more!