I've always given my horses oats after a good ride, as a bit of a treat (my horses spit out apples and carrots). Buuuut, oats also make hot horses hotter and if im riding a hot horse (one horse in particular) every day or every other day, that's a lot of extra energy going in to her that I know want to deal with lol. So, whats a good and reasonable subsitute for just plain oats at the end of a ride that wont give my horse endless energy and leave her bouncing off the walls?
I give my horse alfalfa pellets (have also done cubes in the past) as an extra treat when I see him. I've yet to find anything he likes as much as alfalfa If you don't want to do alfalfa you could just as easily do grass pellets.
For a little added something to a working horse's meal, I will give them a few Cattle range/breeder cubes (either 18% or 20% protein). I've never met a horse that didn't like them. They add a bit of protein if the horse isn't being fed a real high protein hay like alfalfa. Never noticed that they made any of my horses hot...even the supercharged horses LOL.