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post #1 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Type of treats for weanling?

Hi, I am wondering what type of treats I can feed to a 5 month old weanling? She is 3/4 QH and 1/4 Andalusian. Breeder said because she's 25% Andalusian, no supplemental feeds are required as she could become overweight quickly. So she will be on a grass/hay diet only. However, I am planning to use Clicker Training with her so would like some good treats. I have heard of feeding Cheerios since they are small, low in sugar, pretty healthy, and cheap. Suggestions please!!

Please no commenting on Clicker Training or feeding treats in general. I believe there is a way to feed treats (they wait for you to give the treat when their nose is pointed straight/away from you) that does not make them mouthy or nippy. Nippy horse=no treats, and that's how I've taught them and they've never become pushy. I'm just looking for a type of treat to feed a weanling to yearling age. (I'm also planning to ask the breeder, but thought I'd poll a larger audience first).

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You can't beat carrots. That has been my healthy treat for a very long time.
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I use alfalfa pellets for my horse. Grass pellets would work just as well, too.

As a side note, being 1/4 Andalusian doesn't mean a horse doesn't need additional feed, as it doesn't make the horse immune to mineral or vitamin deficiencies. It also doesn't guarantee the horse to be an easy keeper (which I think is what the breeder was really thinking of, and really, QH's are also often easy keepers, too.)
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I use alfalfa pellets for my horse. Grass pellets would work just as well, too.

As a side note, being 1/4 Andalusian doesn't mean a horse doesn't need additional feed, as it doesn't make the horse immune to mineral or vitamin deficiencies. It also doesn't guarantee the horse to be an easy keeper (which I think is what the breeder was really thinking of, and really, QH's are also often easy keepers, too.)

Yes, I should have been more clear that she would still have free access to salt and mineral, just not be fed additional supplements or feeds. Yes, the breeder meant the filly would not need additional feed and that grass and hay would be fine/ideal for her, as the extras are not necessary and could plump her up quite quickly. I should have explained it better haha.
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There's no scientific evidence that horses can self-regulate any minerals other than salt, and even if they could a mineral block has a fixed ratio of minerals so wouldn't help a horse that is deficient in one mineral more than another. Blocks also don't have any vitamins, so it won't help with that, either, though that's less of an issue if the horse is out on plenty of fresh grass.

Sorry I got the thread a little off topic there, just wanted to share
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There's no scientific evidence that horses can self-regulate any minerals other than salt, and even if they could a mineral block has a fixed ratio of minerals so wouldn't help a horse that is deficient in one mineral more than another. Blocks also don't have any vitamins, so it won't help with that, either, though that's less of an issue if the horse is out on plenty of fresh grass.

Sorry I got the thread a little off topic there, just wanted to share
I've always had my horses on pasture/hay with free choice salt/mineral and never had any issues. I also feed loose salt and mineral, I find they intake more if they don't have to stand and lick. The only horse I've given extra feed to was my TB gelding to help him keep weight on. You're correct, with good quality grass and hay, many vitamins are taken in naturally. I've always tried to follow the concept of letting a horse be as natural as possible (full turnout, free choice hay/grass, extra feeds only if necessary, etc.), unless there's an absolute need otherwise. Just wanted to clarify that.

Back to the topic, how old is your horse? If you do CT, how much pellets do you give after a Click?
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My horse is 9 (and is also a Andalusian/QH ) For a small reward I just give maybe 4-5 pellets at a time, for big rewards I'll do a handful (~15?)
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