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        01-26-2013, 08:48 AM
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    Green Broke
    I give treats all the time. Not usually actual horse treats. But if she gets pushy she will not get anything. She tried to bite my hand once and jeesh I had never seen a horse fly backwards so fast before.

    She gets candycanes, carrots, cookies and her all time favorite is sea salt and vinegar potato chips she goes crazy for those.

    But she doesn't get treats everyday and usually her treat is getting her bucket of alfalfa pellets after a ride or something.
         
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        01-26-2013, 08:54 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Carrots are nice, but those are awfully expensive and have a very limited shelf-life.
    Carrots are a lot cheaper than apples around here. For apples, we wait for the summer and the folks at the farmer's market will give us the bruised ones for free.
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        01-26-2013, 09:02 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Actually my carrots are in my tack room right now and are perfectly preserved as carrot popsicles. Lizzy like them frozen better, less chewing.
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        01-26-2013, 10:35 AM
      #14
    Banned
    I don't give many treats by hand once in a while they get carrots and apples but it goes in a feed pan. Iam not a huge fan of hand feeding treats makes for pushy nippy horses. Plus in summer they get grain so I feel they don't need treats. Their favorite treat is peppermints and peanutbutter and jelly sandwich.too be honest their all garbage disposals they will eat anything if they think its a treat.
         
        01-27-2013, 12:37 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    I'm one of those who handfeeds treats, but ONLY if manners are maintained. First sign of getting pushy and they get a stiff reprimand, are made to step back away from me and they are denied their treat that time.

    My usual treats are store bought horse cookies, apple slices and carrots, but peppermints are also offered occasionally. Fayde also loves those oat and honey granola bars, but they are a bit expensive so she doesn't get them often.
         
        01-27-2013, 12:44 AM
      #16
    Trained
    I feed mine treats - mostly laken lite, but a lot of carrots or apples when in season. However, they don't get so much as a crumb if they can't take it politely...very politely. I have the same rule for dogs - all equall treatment here. Horses, IMO, are far smarter than dogs and they learn manners very quickly.
         
        01-27-2013, 12:57 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Treats are awesome I give my horse treats when training or being around them it certainly builds the bond up and I just kicked out all trainers and did it my way and I couldn't be more happy with me and my horses bond :)
         
        01-27-2013, 12:59 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Clicker training is great too :)

    I use carrots apples sunflower seeds.
         
        01-27-2013, 01:00 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Also one horse I have I Never give carrots as she is very mouthy and dominatante but the other one is a very respectful sweetheart and she gets handfed treats :)
         
        01-27-2013, 01:44 AM
      #20
    Trained
    I always have a big bag of horse crunch cookies in my feed freezer, it lasts about 5 years. I have mature, well trained horses that deserve a little cookie once in awhile. When one of those well trained horses was younger and not so polite, he got none. Depends on the horse and their attitude, if I give a treat.
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