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post #21 of 31 Old 10-08-2009, 09:42 AM
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That is a great story. I would prefer a nudge to what my guy does. He puts on his best "I'm cute" face with his ears perked up and paws the ground. He's costing me more in front shoes than treats!

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post #22 of 31 Old 10-08-2009, 06:34 PM
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Yes I have spoiled my horse, but why not, she is very good to me. When I first got Safari two years ago she was not an easy horse to be around. She was not treated all that good and I had to earn her trust. The cookies help because she quickly learned that with good manners came sweet treats. She is a friendly horse, but because of her size most people are afraid of her. (16.3HH) And most people at the ranch think I am crazy because the first thing I did in training her to be my trail horse was to not us a snaffle bit. I use a side pull that she responds to very well.
Yes I have a spoiled horse, but I don't care because she has spoiled me also.
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Folks Indeed I am blessed.

At this very minute, as I type this post, her indoors, is baking cookies :- some with garlic and chamomile, some with garlic + chamomile amd some with valerian.

We wait to see the impact on DiDi - will she be quieter?
Will she be subdued? Will she become addicted?

And can I dare pinch one to eat for myself.

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Folks, I am now a bit worried. I have tasted one of the cookies - they are great. There was just a touch of bitterness at the end of the flavour. Trouble is that I think I have given "Her Indoors" ideas. Outside of the village there are miles and miles of hedgerows - which go back for centuries. Growing in those hedges are hundreds of different types of herbs. Some of them no doubt good guys - some of the sort that one might get burnt at the stake for knowing how to use them.
If my spelling goes wrong or I start chattering away in a
Non typical fashion - then you'll know that "Her Indoors"
Is experimenting.

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I've taken the plunge - I've decided to eat one of DiDi's own cookies as a taste comparison..
Why she likes these lumps of hard tack bikkies I just do not know. On the outside of the packet it says 'apple flavoured' - that must be some marketing man's hallucination - there is no taste at all - nor smell

She is going to love these bikkies from "Her Indoors"
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Folks, I am now in deep trouble
"Her Indoors" made those bikkies with luvving care.
The ingredients were ordered especially from the natural herb supplier - we now have a big bag of chamomile and quite a lot of this valerian stuff.

The bikkies tasted quite nice - would have been nicer with a touch of ginger but DIDI is not an Indian horse.

I took a couple of bikkies from the bag and when I got the nudge from DiDi - I passed one over on the flat of my hand. Sniff, sniff, wrinkle nose, wrinkle nose.
Then a tongue came out and she took it.

You would have thought I had given her stinging nettles.
She made a face like I do when someone gives me cough medecine.

I then offered her one of the misbegotten, shop bought,
Misshapen, teeth busters with a so called "apple" flavour
That she normally has and guess what - she ate it.
So I had to give her another.

Suggestions please as to how I break the news to "Her Indoors". If I don't get it right, then no more homemade ginger cookies for ever.

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post #27 of 31 Old 10-09-2009, 02:43 PM
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My horses, especially the Shetland pony Beauty, love treats! The baby, Yippie, is always trying to grab them, but Beauty usually gets to them first....They like animal crackers, pears, sugar cubes, apples, carrots, peanuts, and tons more. I try to limit them 2 treats per day each; one after grooming and one after the ride. But it usually doesn't got hat way. Lol =P

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I think for "Her Indoors" sake you better keep trying the "new" biscuits on DIDI.

I'm guilty as charged as well. I am currently on E-Bay looking for a new hand bag. Kooter knows there are usually mints in my purse, when hubby and I go out for dinner I snitch extras, and has snuffled a bare patch into the leather with his nose.......my fault for going to the fence with my purse........
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Barry,
I take it that you have a nervous horse as I do. I have tried herbs for her and it works OK if I can get her to eat them. I usually have to mix in molasses so she will and I don't like doing that, she can get to fat with molasses. What I have used is located closer to you then me, here is a link.
The Healing Barn — Equine — Nerves & Hormones

When she runs out I am going to switch to some kind of vitamin B complex that won't taste so bad to her.

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Folks, I am now a bit worried. I have tasted one of the cookies - they are great. There was just a touch of bitterness at the end of the flavour. Trouble is that I think I have given "Her Indoors" ideas. Outside of the village there are miles and miles of hedgerows - which go back for centuries. Growing in those hedges are hundreds of different types of herbs. Some of them no doubt good guys - some of the sort that one might get burnt at the stake for knowing how to use them.
If my spelling goes wrong or I start chattering away in a
Non typical fashion - then you'll know that "Her Indoors"
Is experimenting.

Barry G

Ooh, I am feeling frivolous


I want what ever BG is having...
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