Many people love to feed their horses treats, but there is a lot of conficting advice out there about treats. Some horses do develop bad habits of nipping or pushiness because of treat feeding, so some people have banished them from their barns altogether. Some feed treats just as an occasional reward, and others use treats as an essential training tool. Clicker training is a method that has been around for awhile in training dogs and marine mammals, but is just starting to gain popularity in the horse world, and it uses treats as one of the main components of the training system.
I personally have seen horses that get pretty darn obnoxious from being fed treats, but I tend to blame that on the manner the treats were given, not the tasty morsels themselves. In today’s video, I talk more about my opinion on how treats can be a part of your training program, and explain how bad habits form as a result of incorrect feeding.