This Rider Tested the Carrot on a Stick Method with Hilarious Results

Posted by Paige Cerulli
carrot on a stick with horse
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We've all heard of the fabled carrot on a stick method, but one rider put it to the test and figured out whether or not it would actually work. 

Have you ever wished that you could motivate your horse to put a little more effort into your schooling sessions? Are your legs aching from trying to get your horse to move out with some impulsion? Are you looking for an easier way to do things? Well, one rider seems to have found a solution.

We've all seen the cartoons of a little girl on her pony, holding a carrot on a stick suspended in front of the pony's head. The thought is that the pony will follow the carrot around, so you don't have to worry about steering or motivating your horse. Of course, the idea is too good to be true. Or is it?

Apparently not, if you have a particularly food-motivated horse. Just check out the video of this rider who tested out the carrot on a stick method with her horse:

Tag your friends who should try this! 😂😁 - via: @asafogle

Posted by Horse Planet on Monday, August 14, 2017

We are in love! First of all, we love that a rider actually put this method to the test. And second of all, we love how this horse reacted. It looks as if he'd happily follow that carrot around all day long.

Having a food-motivated horse isn't necessarily a bad thing. It makes catching the horse at dinner time a whole lot easier, and knowing that food will always make a great reward can simplify training.


However, horses who are highly attracted to food can get nippy when it comes to treats and may get defensive of their meals. But as long as your horse loves carrots, you'll always have a way to motivate him to go to work.

Do you think your horse would go for the carrot on a stick method? Let us know in the comments!

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This Rider Tested the Carrot on a Stick Method with Hilarious Results