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  1. #41
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2003


    Not really - but as a reward after work, yes.
    If anyone was pushy there would be no treats at all.
    But my husband is a lost cause -he peppermints them every time he throws hay.
    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Sep. 13, 2002
    Pacific Northwest


    Having gotten most of my boys as youngsters (2-3 yr old) and been around too many mouthy warmbloods, the rule around here was NO hand feeding. They did not need encouragement, and I was (then) always boarding, so didnt want them expecting treats from everyone else too. Once they grow up and show they can handle it, I will hand feed at times, and do carrot stretches and such, but they must be polite.

    When boarding, it drove me crazy when one of mine would suddenly get super mouthy and pushy and I'd find out that so and so was feeding them treats. I don't want people feeding my horses anything without permission, no matter what age, but hand feeding these young, dumb warmbloods just created problems, IMO.

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Oct. 17, 2012


    My horse doesn't get hand fed. When I first got her, everyone in the barn would hand feed her then she started getting nippy. She has to do lots of dealings with non-horse people so I don't need a nippy horse.

  4. #44
    Join Date
    Jul. 21, 2006
    South Carolina


    I'm always amazed that some people feel free to feed other people's horses without permission.

    That said, I shamelessly spoil my lesson horse with Mrs. Pasture's cookies - I even got him a big jar of them for Christmas - but I made sure I asked his owner first!
    I never rode a broke horse but then maybe I'm a sorry hand. - Ray Hunt

    Chase the trouble. - Buck Brannaman

  5. #45
    Join Date
    Apr. 29, 2011


    I do it. Its how I've get my horse to come down from the back field when I whistle and call his name (when I'm too lazy to hike the several hundred yards up the hill)

    He'll travel far and wide for a carrot!

    The few times he's tried to get mouthy/pushy, he gets a quick, sharp elbow in his muzzle and he suddenly remembers his manners. But he is primarily only handled by me - sometimes the BO, who doesn't take any sh*t either. And barring any extreme life circumstances, he will spend the rest of his life with me (or her, per my Bill of Sale)

    OTOH, if he were being led and handled by more people on a regular basis, I probably wouldn't feed him by hand, since I would not want to be responsible for him getting too pushy with someone else less experienced and accidentally scaring them or (gfb) hurting them.
    Barn rat for life

    The Big Horse

  6. #46
    Join Date
    Jun. 16, 2001
    Los Angeles, California


    It depends on the horse.

    With the mugger I would stop entirely as he is abusing the privilege.
    I must stop asking "How stupid can you be?" rhetorically.
    Some people are starting to see it as a challenge.

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