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    05-07-2013, 08:23 PM
Green Broke
Good after ride treat?

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?
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    05-07-2013, 08:25 PM
Have you tried horse cookies. They have lots of brands and flavors, for sure your horse will find one of them to be good. My horse likes the butterscotch cookies.
    05-07-2013, 08:26 PM
Go to the feed store and buy a sack of horse crunch, last you for years. Basically it's extruded feed made into cookies, extruded usually means the extra sugars & starches are cooked out.
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    05-07-2013, 08:28 PM
Green Broke
The less extra enerfy Squiggy gets from her feed, the better! Lol.
I will have to keep my eyes open next time im at a feed store.
    05-07-2013, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
Apples, carrots, horse cookies, alfalfa cubes... whatever your horse will eat, pretty much but more often than not, grass works just fine ;)
    05-07-2013, 08:34 PM
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.
    05-07-2013, 08:38 PM
Apple carrots, water melon, peppermints, many types of horse cookies, hand grazing,
    05-07-2013, 08:38 PM
Green Broke
I would just hand graze and let her pick off some alfalfa plants around the yard but that's tedious and I normally ride 2 horses consecutively.

I will look at what the feed store has for cheap treats that arent high energy.
    05-07-2013, 08:41 PM
Those horse crunch cookies fit so nice in every pocket of any garment you own, they also go through the washer & dryer and come out intact!
    05-07-2013, 08:46 PM
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.

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