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post #1 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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I was just curious about horses eating people food. I've heard about someone treating their horse with ice cream and my Thumper loves carrots. What other foods are safe to feed a horse?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 12:28 PM
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Normally the treats for our horses are carrots or apples, every now and then an actual horse cookie.

The most unusual treat for my mare is a kosher dill pickle. She loves them.

Once after a trail ride I gave her a pickle and my friends old guy was watching as I usually offered him a sweet treat, too. I handed him a part of a pickle, he took it and then dropped it in horror. He stood there a minute working his mouth (still tasting the pickle) and then WOW! Light bulb went off, that ain't half bad. He reached down and picked his pickle off the ground, munched it down and turned to me to ask "do you have any more?"

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 01:41 PM
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Some of our horses love black licorice. We've tried bananas but those are a no go. A friend gives his horses cream pie cookies and oatmeal bars.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-26-2014, 02:02 PM
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My gelding is picky but my friend's horse loves potato chips.

I've heard that bread foods are a no-no, has anyone else heard this?

...I watched a guy feed his donkey and qh hot dog buns :/

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-27-2014, 01:33 PM
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My horse won't take anything that isn't "horse food." He loves apples, carrots, (most) commercial horse treats, alfalfa cubes, etc. But he doesn't like peppermints, sugar cubes, potato/corn/banana chips, bread, etc. I tend to offer him bits of whatever I'm eating now just to see if he'll take it, and he always sniffs it and turns away without even tasting it.

Most fruits/vegetables are OK for horses, but a few are not (broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, onions, etc.) so it's probably best to do some research before grabbing whatever is going unused in your crisper drawer and giving it to your horse

Most things are probably OK in small quantities but can be problematic in larger quantities. Offering a bit of bread from your sandwich is fine, but you wouldn't want your horse getting at a whole loaf of it. I'd stay away from meat and dairy products, though.
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Normally the treats for our horses are carrots or apples, every now and then an actual horse cookie.

The most unusual treat for my mare is a kosher dill pickle. She loves them.

Once after a trail ride I gave her a pickle and my friends old guy was watching as I usually offered him a sweet treat, too. I handed him a part of a pickle, he took it and then dropped it in horror. He stood there a minute working his mouth (still tasting the pickle) and then WOW! Light bulb went off, that ain't half bad. He reached down and picked his pickle off the ground, munched it down and turned to me to ask "do you have any more?"
My daughter's pony loves pickles. She is usually a quiet mild pony but if she gets a whiff of pickle she goes crazy looking for it.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-31-2014, 09:19 AM
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Carrots and sunflower seeds. She's not that keen on apples, which is a bit odd.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-31-2014, 08:17 PM
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Agree mostly with Verona. Except on the broccoli & cabbage note - never heard of them being a 'no-no' & my horses love them too.

I don't know about the meat & dairy being problematic in very small doses either. In India, horses may be fed substantial amounts of spiced meats, and in Saudi & surrounds, horses may live predominantly on camels milk & dates. Not at all saying that is good practice or healthy, but also can't see, as an occasional small treat, that that sort of thing is problematic either. My first horse used to like sausage rolls, dim sims(granted, probably not much meat in either of those) and beef jerky!
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-31-2014, 08:32 PM
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The horse I had when I was little loved Smarties...of course those are mainly sugar!

Sausage rolls? That's a surprise! And yet it isn't... I trialed those when I spent a some time 'down under'. Came back home and tried to make some, but could never get them to be as good as the real thing.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-01-2014, 12:10 AM
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A woman I used to work for would give her horses bread that she wasn't going to be able to finish before it went bad -- they all LOVED it.
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