Developing Food Manners

Jul 3, 2020

© Michelle Martiya

Food manners develop over time and are dependent on your clarity and consistency in the management and delivery of the food. In this video, I address every issue that people encounter with hand feeding horses that I’ve heard of so far. It takes considerable self-control to keep your body still while you click for behavior so it’s a good idea to practice this often. Click your clicker first and then move your hand to reach for the food in your pouch. Preloading your hand is also something to consider, as it will mean faster delivery of the reinforcer, but your hand should remain still holding the food until after you mark the behavior. Otherwise, the movement of your hand becomes the mark. (Issue 43, July 2020, pp.56-57). Read article