My horse is not really interested in food rewards, will clicker training work?
Yes! Some horses will appear to not be interested in food rewards in the beginning. They might take one or two treats and then seem like they are full or not interested in the food or even spit it out. These horses will end up keen and enthusiastic about clicker training within a few short sessions.
The key is to use treats that the horse really likes, (not just things you think they should like!) You will need to try different treats to see what the horse likes.
You could try carrots, apples, grain (oats, barley, etc), licorice, bread, pellets, cereal, chaff etc.
You will also need to keep the sessions really short to start with (5 mins).
Short but frequent training sessions with yummy treats will get any horse motivated!
You could also try training the horse just before you give them their dinner so they are a little more hungry when you are doing the clicker training.
Clicker training works with all horses, so even if your horse appears to not like the food rewards keep going with the clicker training and they will soon get to the stage where they are really keen about it. A horse may also stop eating if they are thirsty or highly stressed. Clicker training is such a fantastic tool that it is really worth persisting with horses that may not seem really keen at the start. It won’t take long, within 10 short 5 min sessions usually even the most disinterested horse will learn to really like clicker training.