Thursday September 11 2008
I Pledge Allegiance
...to the Carrot...
There's absolutely nothing wrong with using carrots for bribes, or rewards, or just plain treaties, you just ask any horse around here.
Finny and Jose get them to learn to bow.
Diego gets them because he's just cute, and Stormy gets them because he's soooooooo good lookin.
Dudley gets them because he gets a reward for being penned up so he doesn't eat so much.
Mac and August get them out on rides because they are great treaties.
Quickie gets them out on solo rides because she diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiislikes going out on solo rides, so I use them to reward, some might say bribe, her along. I'll say "Whoa" to her after a hard stretch, she'll stop, and turn her head back and wait for a carrot. Sometimes she'll stop on her own and turn her head back for a carrot. Today, for example, was a 3-carrot ride.
It gets her down the trail and keeps her from depositing me along the way.