The predator associates the food primarily with life, unlike horse that associates food
with place only.
The predator sometime associates the kill with the place where it either buried the
food, which horses also don't do, or where the leftovers are until eaten.
The predators like wolfs often feed their young. This is why a dog is aware
that you have brought the food, unlike the horse that is not, since
horses do not bring the food to one another.
The foal associates the food with the place and so it
stays near the mare. Once the nursing stops they start to wander further and
further away in search of food.
The grass eating animals of the plains (steppes) associate the food with
place, whether domesticated or not, hence in the wild they migrate, and
the predators follow. In the domesticated life they work to get to the
food which is available after the work at the stable or the field they are
The person's hand becomes just another place to find food just like some
feed tub. Do not be surprised if they will treat you as such. If and when
horses perceive a human as a place of food,
it is not always safe for the
human, especially with more aggressive horse and a clueless greenhorn, and
if nothing else it will surely degrades the horse's respect for such
I hate to use the word comprehend in relevance to animals,
but I do so for better understanding, because I am sure that if I would use
the more suitable terminology referring to their
instinctive learning nature
most folks would simply not understand due to their lack of knowledge and
over supply of misinformation. In short, there is no such thing as rewards
in nature, because in nature animals do not employ each other nor they send
others to do some task and then rewarding them for it (only in some
cartoons and movies).
Further more in the animal world
there is no sense of right and wrong, or better said, no judgment of good
and evil, therefore,
there exist no concept of punishment or rewards.
It is just
plain ignorance and absurdity every time people speak of rewarding animals
for something. People that believe in rewarding animals are simpletons
humanizing animals and confusing rewards and punishment with
approval/acceptance and disapproval/rejection. (I should not be saying these things openly, because I am
obstructing the profits of the companies that make all these cookies and
treats for the silly folks to feed the animals they so love. I am being just
so politically incorrect and a bad person.)
There are several reasons why this delusion of rewarding
animals for their work is so popular and accepted. In the past the public
seen the so-called trained animals only in the traveling circus, or some
other forms of demonstration. Since most of the trained animals preformed
their work well, the public wanted to see them being rewarded, and it became
customary, primarily for the sake of appearance, to reward the animals to
satisfy the clueless public, and the rewarding of animals was born in many
The horse does something, the guy pets the horse and gives the
animal a treat, and the public applauds, while totally clueless about what
they are looking at.
Knowledge is not something you want to give to the
suckers born every minute, obviously, because one could not exploit them.
Another common reason for "rewarding" animals for work
done, or better said giving treats to animals, has its origin in a little
child's fears of monsters, and so those that fear animals will have the
tendency to appease them with some food, obviously.
Another also fairly
common reason to reward animals or giving them treats has to do more with
self-gratification rather than with the animals, since folks like this give
treats to animals so they feel good about it and about themselves. They are
being generous and caring in their own eyes, which is mere
weakness/selfishness and nothing else.
Another common reason, more of the feminine nature, is the
concept that the horse will love them, or at least like them, if they give
the animal food. Suffice is to say that horses, unlike dogs, do not perceive
you that you have brought the food, but more or less see you as the place of
food, like the feed tub is.
Therefore do not be surprise if they treat you
like one, like when nudging (nudging = push into action by pestering or
annoying gently - the word gently in relevance to horses equals horseplay,
get it?) the feed tub they will nudge you, though the silly minds see
this behavior as some form of affection or the desire of the horse to get
attention (hence feminine concept as women attribute their own reasons for
their behavior to the horse "wanting some attention", while it is women that
want attention, obviously).
In reality it is nothing more but an attempt of
the horse to shake some food out of the human feed tub that often contains
In this "modern age", besides the above reasons, which are
still popular, this reward delusion is often practiced by the silly females
that for some odd reason may feel guilty for using the animal for their
purpose, being it some work or entertainment, and by using the word "reward"
they relieve themselves from this kind of guilt they may feel on account of
This is just another silly
humanization of animals by silly people
that have no clue and understanding of the
natural life, which unfortunately
now also infiltrated our
educational system and we are making kids dumber
and dumber decade by decade.
Why did the horsemen often feed horses after work?
The feeding after work was commonly practiced
for ages, which has nothing to do with any rewards, as the clueless public
would perceive, but it was simply tied to the natural
inborn instinct of animals to
move to get food. And so, for example, the farmer's horse is content to work
the whole morning, because the animal is aware that at the end of that
"trip" it will arrive to the food source.
It does not differ
much from animals
migrating or moving from one area to another for food. In short, in nature
the horse has to move to get food, and in the domesticated life this
instinct to move to get food is simply altered to "move to work to get to the food".
have no concept that you are the provider, all they are aware of is that at
the destination point (or time) there is food, that is all there is to it. (As I have
said in previous publications, horses do not associate food with life (other
animals) but with a place, as opposed to the predator that associates food
with life (other animals). And so, the herbivorous animals tend to migrate
from place to place and the carnivorous animals tend follow them, and we
omnivorous humans do both.
In my younger days when working in the circus we
have also used similar methods to prevent horses from getting what we called
"arena sour", since those horses spent their entire lives working and moving
predominantly in the circus manège and hardly ever in the outside
environment, except when moving from the circus to the train and vice versa.
What we commonly used to do with most horses was that we fed them in the
manège after the work, and I am not talking about couple of treats, but
literally gave each horse several pounds of carrots, which often took as
long as 15 minutes to eat.
We did not do this all the time, only
infrequently (though frequently, but not always, giving some small "treats"), because if
horses do not find the food at the end of destination, like after work, they
simply repeat the process the next day because the food is there at least
sometimes, or better said most of the time.
In the wild, animals do not have some breakfast or lunch, or
regular food supply, they have to move and get it, and sometime they get it
and sometimes not.
One uses and exploits the
animal's instincts to get the
animal to do what one wants, there is no science to it, and one of the most
exploited inborn instincts in training animals is the need to eat/food. And
so we do not reward horses, or any pets, but rather exploit their natural
instincts. Next time you "reward" your horse "know thy self".
If you believe in the Darwin's Theory of Origins
of Specie and thus believe that you are a mere animal with the ability to
think (thinking monkey), you will inevitably not only humanize animals, but
you will also inevitably behave like one for obvious reasons (animals -
reproduction + food = violence, human-animals - sex + greed = violence.)
such case of course if I call someone an animal I am merely stating a
natural fact and so one should not see it as an insult, and so if I say that
women are animals, women that believe in this Darwin's crap should not feel
offended, or better said have no right to be offended. I wonder how many I
would find, but on the other hand most men do not feel offended by it, and
there is a very clear explanation for this that can be actually seen, but I
leave it at that, as it would hardly enlightened anything to the dying minds
of the world.
I do not know of any species that reversed its
evolution or degenerated, only that it evolved or went extinct, except human
beings who are obviously degenerating and not evolving. Can this alone not
testify to the fact that humanity is not all natural? Because if it would be
all natural it would follow the natural patterns as all earthly species do,
but we don't which is obvious.
If our ability to think evolved from the
nature in order to survive, why is it that it is our thinking that is
destroying us and the nature itself? Or is it that the more knowledge we get
the dumber we get? Why is it that the more "intellectually advanced" we
become the more self-destructive we become? Doesn't all this contradict all
the so-called natural laws?
When people get religious it is mostly fear, when people
believe in the Darwin's crap it is genuine stupidity driven by egos, however
just like most preachers do not believe in God, most of those that teach the
Darwin's theory do not believe that crap either, hence one should wonder why
one or the other is taught, and why are you such a sucker.