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post #1 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:25 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:26 PM
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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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post #4 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #5 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:31 PM
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Apples, carrots, horse cookies, alfalfa cubes... whatever your horse will eat, pretty much but more often than not, grass works just fine ;)

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post #6 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:34 PM
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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.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:38 PM
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apple carrots, water melon, peppermints, many types of horse cookies, hand grazing,
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:41 PM
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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!
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-07-2013, 07:46 PM
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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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