Using Food to Train Your Horse

Using food in training is still a controversial topic in many horse training arenas.

Will giving treats cause my horse to become mouthy or pushy?

How do I start using food as a learning tool?

What kind of treats should I use?

Food is a powerful tool in training. We can use it to help shift associations with fearful objects or events and create real motivation for learning.

However, being effective with reward training and avoiding the pitfalls takes some knowledge and practice.

Hit play below to watch the video on how to use food to work with your own horse.

Here are additional resources about positive reinforcement training for your horse:

Teaching Good Manners Around Food Learn how to teach your horse to take food gently and patiently.

Is Positive Reinforcement More Effective? This study shows that while generally stress levels and speed of learning were similiar, horses being trained through positive reinforcement showed more investigative behavior.

Does Hand Feeding Cause Biting? In this study, researchers looked for associations between common “mugging” behaviors and hand feeding horses.

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