Horse Training, Horse Treats and Recipes, Solving Horse Problems, Trick Training Tips

How To Teach Your Horse Treat Manners

Some people worry that using treats during training will cause their horse to become pushy, nippy, and turn them into a horrible food monster!

Unfortunately, this is likely if your horse doesn’t learn how to behave around treats. For most horses, food is their favorite thing and they just want some… NOW!

Thankfully it is easy to teach your horse to have perfect manners around treats!

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Horse Treats and Recipes, Trick Training Tips

Try 2 Types of Training Treats

To encourage your horse to try even harder consider training with 2 types of treats.  I use a general one and a ‘special’ treat for when they do something really well.

The general treat is usually something that isn’t high in sugar or fat.  You can use a lot of it! 🙂

Options for the general treat include:

  • Chaff (chopped up hay)
  • Some of your horse’s daily feed
  • Low GI horse pellets

Here’s a link to recipe for Trigger’s favorite special treat:


Horse Treats and Recipes

Super Simple Trick Training Treat

These horse treats are super simple to make. They are soft and just a little bit sweet. My older horse loves them!

I make them out of human-grade ingredients and snack on them when we are training 🙂

Simple Horse Treat


Oat & Apple Chews


  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup flour


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180C).

Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch (22cm x 22cm) glass pan or baking tray.

Mix all the ingredients until the applesauce is evenly distributed, then spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the batter firms and browns.

Allow the mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, and then cut it into squares. Or wait till the mixture cools completely, and you can cut it into tiny squares with kitchen scissors.

Put the squares in an airtight container for storage.

Do you want more horse training treat recipes? The Horse Tricks Guide comes with a BONUS Horse Treat eBook. The Treat eBook is full of yummy, healthy treats for your horse. 

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Horse Treats and Recipes, Trick Training Tips

Can you teach a horse tricks without treats?

I get asked a lot if it is possible to teach a horse tricks without treats.

Horse Trick Treats
Treats are a great way to keep your horse keen

Yes is it possible, but I find it takes a lot longer to teach them a trick.

Most horses would rather be out in their paddock with their mates eating grass.  So you need to find something that makes your horse really WANT to work for you.

A horse needs to be really motivated to learn new things and treats are a great way of doing this.

However, once a horse learns a trick really well I will usually slowly reduce the times they get a treat.  I may eventually only give them a food treat once every 5 to 10 times they perform the trick.  Instead, I will give them a scratch or rub as a reward.  But I have found that continuing to give them a food treat every now and again keeps them super interested in their training.

Most people ask me this question for one of two reasons:

  1. Their horse becomes pushy or nippy around treats.
  2. They don’t like having to carry treats around with them all the time.

There are solutions to both these problems.

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