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.
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.