My horse is the type of horse who (without getting pushy) gets very nicker-ie and likes to nuzzle gently when he knows I have treats, so, I like to feed them to him a lot. Because its really cute and he's great, so he deserves them.
So, since he gets so many I try to be healthy and feed him carrots. But, otherwise licorish treats. Posted via Mobile Device
Barn people feed her apples and carrots.. I have little horse cookies I feed to her that she loves. She'll do anything for them which is nice! Lol
It took her a while to figure out what the apples and carrots were though..
Because it's convenient & I can put a big 50lb bag in the feed freezer which lasts for years, horse crunch cookies. And they fit in my pockets, can't tell you how many cookies I've sent through the washing machine! Posted via Mobile Device
I usually make my own treats which are much cheaper than buying in a store. I use 1 cup of instant oatmeal, 2 tbsp of both honey and molasses, as well as apple chunks. Add just a bit of water to make the dough soft, then pour onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until brown on 350F. Perfect CHEAP treat, and my ponies love them:)
They don't get many or very often. Treats are rarely dropped in feed buckets but if kids are around, the horses make out like bandits. I want all the horses to adore small kids, so they can hand them out by the handful. The one mare is bitey if hand-fed so they drop them in her feed-bucket one at a time so she knows it's coming from them.
No kid-sour horses at the barn, they think kids are the absolute BEST THING EVER! There is nothing funnier that a tiny lil kid saying "you are a BAD horsie" and watching a 16.2HH gigundo warmblood backing down the aisle because he was slightly crowding her in anticipation of more treats.
I usually buy bagged treats, just because of conveince, but I'm only now realizing how much dust some of them have.. Otherwise, I give my guys carrots,sliced apples, and maybe a few jelly beans every once in a while. They also love bread and banana chips, but I don't give those often. If it happens to be their birthday, I usually give a 'molasses and oat sandwich' or an molasses and oat covered apple. Yumm