Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Mine eat peppermints, bananas, popsicles, tomatoes, oranges, kiwis, strawberrys, cucumber, mushrooms, lettuce, celery, carrots, apples, french fries, cake, coffee, soy chais, lol. The list goes on. I usually let them try just about anything [within reason, of course]. My little one will go NUTS for a banana. I don't feed her the peel, though.
The trick is feeding in moderation. I don't give treats very often. I treat after a ride to stretch, and other than that, I just keep treats around when I have people at the barn. People meet horses and want to give them treats. =] The barn owner brings out apples sometimes, so they get it then. They've had pretzels once. There was a mini I had briefly that rather enjoyed Skittles [although I gave him about three]. For the most part, you just want to stick to the "less is more" philosophy, and don't get carried away treating your horse.
Oh, I knew one horse that just loved hamburgers [not sure I agree with that one], and I used to share my bean burritoes with a horse weekly. My sister had a horse that would run you over if you didn't share your Smarties with her.
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