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post #1 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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So I'd love to know what everyone feed their horses as treats. I've been just using Carrots and Bread but I'm curious what others give.
I've heard of people giving mint lollies? and jelly beans? but I havent been game to give anything else to him yet lol. So what do you guys give to your horses as treats?

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 01:38 AM
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Carrots, honey oat granola bars, and apple treats

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post #3 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 02:33 AM
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I don't usually feed treats (except to Spice!) but i normally give carrots, apples and occasionally bananas.

For Christmas we bought sugar cubes to spoil our ponies, and they all like those. We have to buy brown sugar cubes because Spice is so fussy she spits out the white ones.
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 07:53 AM
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My 20 yr. old son is very strict about what is given to his horses and when.

so, they are given treats at specific times. .... i.e. when they EARN them with good behavior or cooperate with us. And then they are given only part of an apple, cut into pieces (cut since our OTTB is prone to choke) or a few baby carrots....or certain horse cookies. He only uses a certain kind as most horse treats are too big for our OTTB to eat safely.....but there is one kind that comes in bite size nuggets and he often uses them.

They are alllowed NO other "human" foods.

Just apple pieces, baby carrots or small sized horse treats. Poor little
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 08:09 AM
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I don't generally give treats and never hand feed. Right now our pear trees are full & pears becoming ripe so they get the occasional small pear. I do share a bottle of Guinness with Woodstock once a week though
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 09:32 AM
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We've given the normal apples and carrots. We also give them apple/oat flavored wafers. They like the sugar beets we find along the road during harvest time and they like to pull ears of corn from the farmers fields. Some of ours like black licorice too. They don't care for bananas or any other human food.

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post #7 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 09:47 AM
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I have some horse crunch that I keep around. It can be used as a complete feed, but I just use it as a treat. They sure love them!

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-14-2011, 10:44 AM
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I go with carrots, apples, and pears (when in season). I also buy Dumor treats in TSC (they are rather cheap and have the smallest amount of vit/min added I could find).

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-17-2011, 11:44 PM
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Small pieces of carrot or pumpkin, their pelleted supplement, rosehips, fruit tree & other extra yummy leaves are my general 'treats' of choice, as I do often give them & use them as positive reinforcement in training too. Therefore I want to stick to 'health food'. But I don't think the occasional lolly, slice of bread, cookie, etc is bad - bit like junk food for us I reckon - it's fine if it's occasional, just bad for you if it's a routine regular part of your diet. My old horse used to love sharing the odd sausage roll with me...
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-20-2011, 11:47 PM
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I usually bring carrots to my horse, as well as the occasional apple. His owner also leaves a package of Dobbin's Delights Apple & Oat treats every 8 weeks when she comes to deworm him.
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