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post #1 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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does it bug you when other people give your horse treats?

What's your guys opinion on this? Some people at my barn will go up to my horse and feed her a treat without asking me first. Personally, I always ask the owner before I feed a horse a treat. Some horses are really spoiled and rude because they get fed treats all the time. Jubilee is not like that and I don't think she would ever become like it, but still.... I would prefer if people ask me.

I don't know, it just kind of bugs me. What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 12:43 PM
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I keep my horses at home, so the only people feeding treats are our family members. That said, I prefer people ask before giving my horses treats, and I do the same. No different that someone giving my children something to eat or drink, ask first.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 12:47 PM
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I don't have a horse of my own, and I always ask the owners before I give their horse a treat because you never know if they are allergic to that type of treat or something. I would probably be bugged if I did have a horse though because it bugs me when people feed the horse I regularly ride without asking his owner first.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 12:51 PM
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Yes! Painter can't have lots of sugar, so he just gets carrots. People always give him apples and hard candies w/o asking, it drives me crazy!
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I have some friends who are big treat givers and carry them in their pockets all the time. They came over to visit and while we were out seeing the horses I noticed Saro was hanging tight with the husband. I kinda yelled at him "are you giving that horse treats?!!" He got a booboo face and looked guilty. I told him we don't give her treats by hand because she gets pushy.
I would suggest if you don't want others to give your horse treats and you board your horse, Place a sign at the stall door not to do it. Otherwise its really hard to stop others from doing it without getting in their face.

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post #6 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 02:38 PM
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I board at a private barn, so this does not happen. At a larger public barn I would probably have a sign on my stall saying "DO NOT FEED HORSE TREATS, HE BITES" even if he didn't bite.. hahaha.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 04:50 PM
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Wow, this is actually one of my pet peeves (lol, GREAT idea, btw, anebel). What bugs me is, people don't generally just walk up to my dog and give him food; they ask first. Why are horses different?
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 06:15 PM
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Yes! This is a huge pet peeve of mine as well. One big thing, is that you don't know that horses individual medical history. You never know if your feeding that sugar cube to a healthy horse or a diabetic horse.
I also never trust people. It doesn't take much to slip something into a treat.
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 06:52 PM
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It does bug me. More so because Vega has hypp. Having them at a private place, it doesn't happen, but when we had them at a big public/show place, kids would have a bag of treats and want to give them treats. They would ask when I was there, but i'm sure they just gave treats when I wasn't there. Thank goodness Vega never had attack.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 06:55 PM
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I think it's rude to give treats without asking. For all the very good points made already.

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