Feeding Manners

Tuesday’s Tip! Feeding Manners. Horses and ponies often develop bad feeding habits and the way to fix them is fairly simple. The idea is that you ignore unwanted behaviour and reward the good. In the case of feeding manners this means that the horse only gets his dinner when he is behaving how you want him to behave at feeding time. For example, many horses start door banging at feed…

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Teaching Your Horse Manners

Tuesday’s Tip! Manners. In order for your horse to have manners, you need to decide what he can or can’t do, and be consistent. Whenever he does something you want, like standing still, reward him with praise. If he does something you don’t want, like shifting while standing, repeat the command for that desired behaviour (in this case, “stand” and praise if he does this; if he does not, then…

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Nipping and Treating

Tuesday’s Tip! Treating correctly. Often when you give treats to horses/ponies, the animal can become mouthy and learns to nip. This behaviour actually gets reinforced by the giving of the treat, as they have learned that that behaviour gets rewarded by treat-giving. In order to avoid the nipping and mouthiness, you need to give treats correctly. You start by standing at his shoulder, facing towards his head. Then you reach…

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