Horse Treats and Recipes

Horse trick training treats

Most horses love treats and this is the best reward you can give them when they do something right.  Some horses are more than happy with a scratch or pat as a reward but it’s usually food that really inspires them to perform.

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Some favourite horse trick treats

I have tried 100’s of different treats to find the best training treat.  Most horses love carrots and there are some really yummy horse pellets that are convenient and make cheap treats.

To teach your horse tricks (in the fastest time) you need to find a treat that really gets your horse’s interest.

Trigger’s favourite treat is a little biscuit that I bake (recipe in Horse Trick ebook) that keeps for several weeks and doesn’t go soggy.   Trigger nickers whenever he sees them and I know that I have his complete attention!

There are a few rules about feeding treats to your horse.  I was always taught never to feed treats because a horse can become nippy and try and mug you for treats.  But if you train your horse correctly and teach them some manners they learn very quickly that they only get them when they do the right thing.

I also don’t suggest using sweets as treats eg sugar cubes or lollies.  When you first start training your horse to do tricks you will need lots of them and something healthy is always best. So I recommend that one of the first things you should do if you want to teach your horse tricks is to find a treat that makes your horse prick up their ears and really gets their interest.

2 thoughts on “Horse trick training treats”

  1. Would a clicker work to tell them that they got it right? Or would just a sound from my voice work better? And have you ever had a horse that stopped eating the treats?

    1. Hi Jacie,

      A lot of people use Clickers to train their horses (I used to) but I found that I was always forgetting mine and it was cumbersome when riding. As long as the sound (or word) you use is VERY distinct then I believe this works just as well as a Clicker and is much more convenient. I click my tongue (more like a cluck) when training my horses. They all understand what I mean if I spend time teaching them that the ‘Cluck’ means that they did the right thing and they are about to get a treat 🙂

      I find it’s very important to find a treat that your horse REALLY likes, to make training easier. Your horse will try a lot harder if they are super keen to get the treat. Trigger loves carrots and most of the training I do with him is just using small pieces of carrots, however if we are working on something more difficult I will use pieces of some treat biscuits I make (recipe in the ebook). Trigger LOVES these!

      Some horses just aren’t that interested in certain foods. Try a few different things and see which one really gets your horse’s interest. For example – apples, carrots, bread, horse food (especially ones coated in molasses) or try making some special horse training biscuits.

      Happy tricks!

      Jain & Trigger.

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