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post #31 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 10:33 PM
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most of the horses I got have never had treats so I had feed them to see if they like it and most willl eat them after a few times of trying and love them!
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post #32 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 10:36 PM
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I cut apples because they could choke on them

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post #33 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 10:39 PM
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I've always cut into 1/8s if not smaller so I could spread out treat time or share the wealth with friends horses/more then one school horse.

I worked with a retired Grand Prix jumper who'd obviously been around the block a few times in the treat department and gave him a whole apple from his owners tack shed once...he tried to take a bite but then sucked it out of my hand and tried to swallow it!! Luckily the BIG boy turned out just fine but it was unnerving watching him struggle at first.
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post #34 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 11:10 PM
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I don't cut my apples. I also don't give a horse a whole apple either. Some apples, like granny smiths, can cause excess gas. So usually, I take one or two apples and walk down the barn isle and allow horses to take a bite out of it. I will hold onto it, watching my fingers of course, and wait patiently for them to work a chunk off. Guarantees they can't bite off more than they can chew.

And for the greedy ones that like to try and take off half the apple? I make them wait till last so they bite off half of a half.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #35 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 11:18 PM
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It is the easiest way to share. When we had an ancient mare who had trouble chewing hard carrots, I would VERY finely chop them, almost minced for her.
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post #36 of 36 Old 10-07-2012, 12:20 AM
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I only usually give carrots, and I buy those monstrous cheap carrots in bulk. They are so thick sometimes I can barely snap them in half haha. Im trying to be more careful of them because occasionally my horses will suck the whole thing up and have trouble chewing while im staring at them like 'are you OK?!'

I make sure to throw them on the ground and they take chunks out of them at a time rather than trying to chew the whole thing.
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