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Do you actually need to cease giving treats in coaching when your horse must drop a few pounds?


    Is your horse obese? Did the vet let you know to STOP FEEDING TREATS!? You understand your horse must drop a few pounds and get again in form, however How to do that with out treats?

    Why stopping giving Treats is a good suggestion

    It looks as if an answer to cease providing your horse treats when he’s obese, proper? When you’re giving your horse plenty of dense-calorie treats with out asking him to burn them off, it’s in all probability a good suggestion to cease giving these.

    Take take a look at what you contemplate a deal with: Is it calorie wealthy? Is it diet worth low? Or is that this simply the widespread human method of “treats”?
    We -people- often imply sweet or different low diet worth/excessive calorie meals. Proper?

    When you’re utilizing actual treats like peppermints (though how a lot energy would all of the peppermints in a single coaching comprise?) are they actually having that a lot affect in your horse’s weight problems?

    Or are you able to affect his weight with altering his administration? Often lowering hay or grass consumption and minimizing dinner grain parts have a a lot larger (pun meant!) affect in your horse’s weight!

    In case your horse become a Mugging Monster, you may flip that round shortly!

    Why stopping giving Treats is a foul thought

    Once we prepare horses (R- or R+) we nonetheless want to strengthen the specified behaviour occasionally. If we don’t, and the behaviour shouldn’t be intrinsically reinforcing, the behaviour will get extinct.

    Conventional trainers want to make use of their whips, sticks or ropes from time to time (relying on how a lot of a risk the aversive nonetheless is) to maintain their horses in line. ‘The horse wants a bit of reminder,’ is what they are saying.

    Identical goes for positively strengthened behaviours: we additionally do need to remind our horses (with a deal with!) what we would like from them (motion).

    We have to try this to maintain motivation excessive! Whether or not that’s in R- or in R+. Or we’ll lose it.

    Once we clicker skilled our horses to train and provide motion (stroll, trot, canter, leaping, gallop), we nonetheless have to supply a deal with with sufficient worth, from time to time to maintain their motivation excessive. That’s why it’s a foul thought to cease giving treats to (obese) horses in coaching.

    When you’re a clicker coach and also you immediately cease giving treats as reinforcement, you’ll disappoint your horse. He’s anticipating meals rewards. When he doesn’t get them he can get demotivated! That’s one other massive cause why stopping with treats is a foul thought.

    You may experiment with different reinforcers: issues your horse will worth. While you get extra behaviour (motion) you’ve efficiently strengthened your horse to maneuver. While you get much less behaviour or sluggish actions or a slower response time to your cues, you recognize you weren’t really reinforcing the behaviour and it’s essential discover a higher appetitive!

    Learn my weblog about Methods to Transfer Your Horse with A Click on

    Wholesome Treats for Horses

    Most of my purchasers discover it a problem to search out wholesome treats for his or her obese horse. A part of it’s our personal mindset. We often worth “wholesome treats” method much less, than unhealthy snacks! That’s human considering! We have to shift our minds!

    Begin considering how a horse thinks and the way he sees the world. Horses eat about 16 hours a day. That’s their nature! Due to this fact they are going to at all times be hungry (to a sure extent). They love low calorie/excessive fibre meals! That’s one other big distinction between us and a horse!

    Concepts to maintain coaching with treats (the sensible method)

    • Coaching a horse with treats, means we will use (regular, wholesome) meals to encourage them in coaching!
    • Take the quantity of meals (energy) you utilize in coaching, out of their every day ration. That method utilizing treats in coaching gained’t contribute to weight acquire
    • When you’re horse doesn’t get dinner grain/pellets/ use, options. Here’s a checklist of over 30 choices for treats in coaching.
    • Add attention-grabbing choices to the low calorie/excessive fibre meals in coaching, like cinnamon added to soaked beetpulp, r including a number of sunflower seeds within the low calorie meals rewards and so on
    • Stability the calorie denseness of the treats with the quantity of motion (calorie burning) you ask your horse to do.
    • The extra you prepare (and the higher your horse understands what he must do), the much less meals you want! So if you prepare your obese horse to maneuver and also you want loads of meals reinforcers, understanding that this gained’t be lasting ceaselessly helps!
    • As soon as motion/exercising will get intrinsically strengthened (‘runners excessive’), the much less exterior reinforcement (treats) your horse wants!

    Be part of R+ (motion) Coaching for Obese Horses Program

    Is your horse obese? Did the vet really helpful: No extra treats!” or “Extra train” to get your horse in form? Be part of my R+ for Obese Horses program. We’ll handle your largest wrestle in getting your horse to maneuver with optimistic reinforcement. You may solely be a part of after a private dialog, so I can tailor this 2-week on-line teaching program in the direction of your horse, your scenario and your wants! You may ebook a name right here.

    If you wish to get higher at issues like:

    • Constructing period in exercising your horse with R+
    • Getting your horse in form and drop a few pounds and not using a crash food regimen
    • Creating enjoyable in motion coaching so that you don’t need to maintain working alongside

    That is for you. Try the data web page right here!

    Sandra Poppema, BSc

    Founding father of the HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy

    Sandra Poppema BSc HippoLogic Clicker training coach