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  • Homemade horse treats for diabetic

 
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    06-27-2010, 04:26 PM
  #11
Yearling
To explain why the weird choices such as cabbage etc.
I live in a capital city; the shelter is somewhere in the marginal city but still a urban area
There are few horse / farm animals food shops but quite far away and not accessible for me.
Since I always come on a bike (cheaper transport + daily excercise :) carrying a sack of something would be quite a challenge :)

So that's why I mostly raid a grocery shop or even my own fridge before going, and those are my main treats sources :)

Green salad is this:


Sorry I forgot its actually called "lettuce" :)
     
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    06-27-2010, 04:29 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Ohhhhh, ok. Hmmm, what about just buying a big bag of krunch, keeping it at home, and bringing some in little bags each day for however many treats you need that day? :)
     
    06-27-2010, 04:33 PM
  #13
Foal
You're welcome (BTW nice looking horse in you avatar, you must be doing something right )
     
    06-27-2010, 04:35 PM
  #14
Yearling
I googled all over the place, this is what I found:

Horse Krunch cubes

Is this the krunch?

If yes, then sure, as soon as I find any I could bring in a backpack - as I brought the carrots :)
     
    06-27-2010, 04:37 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I think so, im not sure, all I knwo is what they look like and what theyre called :P

Thanks silverstallion! I love her sooo much, I would hate to be feeding her treats that arent good for her!

:)
     
    08-11-2010, 12:26 AM
  #16
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdrybonesxvalleyx    
Might I suggest this be stickied. I think it'd be good to share your little recipes for healthy treats!
Hmm, might agree *IF* this thread were about *healthy* treats, but sugar, flour, molasses being in large proportions in most of the recipes listed would make this particular thread more about what to *avoid*!

When talking *occasional* junk food treats, grain, etc, is generally OK in small quantities, unless a horse is lami prone/IR(need to know this first) but many people feed treats regularly to their horses, and many(according to recent studies, MANY more than recognise it) also do have sensitive horses to whom any sugar spikes are as bad as they are for human diabetics.
     
    08-15-2010, 04:25 PM
  #17
Foal
I havent been able to find any treats that my horse will eat unless it is her usual grain. :( I thought it would be fun to have something a little extra. Everyone tells me to not worry about it as the reward for them is release from pressure.
     
    08-15-2010, 08:39 PM
  #18
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yvette    
I havent been able to find any treats that my horse will eat unless it is her usual grain. :( I thought it would be fun to have something a little extra. Everyone tells me to not worry about it as the reward for them is release from pressure.
Well, so long as her 'usual grain' isn't actually grain or other high sugar/starch feed, why not use some of her ration as treats? I use a lot of positive reinforcement in training, and as I have fatties that don't need 'feeding' anyway, I use a pinch of their ration balancer supplement for rewarding too. But for extra special treats, I sometimes cut up carrots & apples into small pieces. As well as this, salad vegies, other fruit, fruit tree leaves, rosehips.... are some of the other treats I use.

As for "reward for them is release from pressure." That's a rather backhanded way of looking at it. Poor horses, who's only 'reward' is removal of something bad, IMO. Release from pressure is not a reward, it's release from pressure. That is, negative reinforcement. Well timed negative reinforcement is an invaluable 'tool' in training. Probably the most generally used in training horses. But it is not positive reinforcement (addition of Something Good, reward). I like to use both in training, so the horse gets more than just 'not something unpleasant' to actually *want* to play my games.
     
    08-16-2010, 03:26 AM
  #19
Yearling
My trainer's horse is absolutely crazy for bananas; he eats them with the peel and everything. I was researching fruits that are edible and healthy and I came across this article. You might find it interesting:
Sample Online Article Page - Natural Horse Magazine
     
    08-16-2010, 05:22 AM
  #20
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by loosie    
Well, so long as her 'usual grain' isn't actually grain or other high sugar/starch feed, why not use some of her ration as treats? I use a lot of positive reinforcement in training, and as I have fatties that don't need 'feeding' anyway, I use a pinch of their ration balancer supplement for rewarding too. But for extra special treats, I sometimes cut up carrots & apples into small pieces. As well as this, salad vegies, other fruit, fruit tree leaves, rosehips.... are some of the other treats I use.

As for "reward for them is release from pressure." That's a rather backhanded way of looking at it. Poor horses, who's only 'reward' is removal of something bad, IMO. Release from pressure is not a reward, it's release from pressure. That is, negative reinforcement. Well timed negative reinforcement is an invaluable 'tool' in training. Probably the most generally used in training horses. But it is not positive reinforcement (addition of Something Good, reward). I like to use both in training, so the horse gets more than just 'not something unpleasant' to actually *want* to play my games.

I understand that and I agree with you. My horse wont accept from my hand anything. I don't know why and my horses are very well loved. Like I said I have worried about it and people have told me not to worry as if the horse wanted the treat she would take it. I have offered it to her.
     

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