I want to put a question to anyone who reads this and I really hope to get some responses. ( Of course someone would have to read it first) Is it okay to hand feed your horse?
Here is the story behind this question.
We were in AZ looking at houses to buy and we were at boarding stable that was up for sale. (yes that is my dream job right there!) A gentleman there who was the "trainer on sight" was giving us his life story and credentials and told a story about how a lady wanted to give his horse a treat. He told her in no uncertain terms "No", which of course is his perogative, and went on to explain that his reasons were because hand feeding horses makes them disrespecful.
I am wondering how many other people feel the same way?
I personally watch alot of Dennis Reis video's and am a big advocate of the "I can touch you but you can't touch me" rule. All my horses are trained to walk on a loose lead rope, and know to keep a fair distance between us, and to watch me closely incase I stop. If I stop they stop. If I back up so do they. I also hand feed my horses every day. Everytime I feed they are waiting for me with my bucket of hay cubes. Every body gets one from my hand. They wait patiently for their turn, and they do not push on me. They also get treats after a long ride, especially if they have done very well. They do not get treats as a bribe to be good.
Sometimes, Danny gets impatient for his grain. (He is the only one who gets any) he paws at the ground and sometimes gets a little pushy. I don't like it when he does that, so we have a new exersize we do. When he gets pushy I put the grain in his dish and then I stand in front of it. He tries to go around me, and I step in his way. When, and only when, he stand patiently without pushing and without pawing, then I will step out of the way and let him eat. He has to respect me and my space and my rules.
I would really like to hear about your horse and your opinion on hand feeding.