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        04-29-2010, 09:56 AM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    I know, hey?!?! I was a bit shocked.
    Then again, Denny may as well be called "hoover" - he will eat anything.
    Casper will pretty much eat anything you give him. Except Peeps. He HATES Peeps.

    When I gave him one he rolled it around in his mouth, pinned his ears, gave me a dirty look and spit it out. If he'd had hands, I'm sure he would have given me the finger!
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        04-29-2010, 10:19 AM
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Casper will pretty much eat anything you give him. Except Peeps. He HATES Peeps.

    When I gave him one he rolled it around in his mouth, pinned his ears, gave me a dirty look and spit it out. If he'd had hands, I'm sure he would have given me the finger!
    Smart horse.
        04-29-2010, 10:43 AM
    When I got my filly she would not take treats at all. Her breeder fed sweet feed so anything that was like sweet feed was edible (like Stud Muffins). But those treats are crazy expensive.

    And like someone else described, if I put carrots or apples or other types of treats in her feed tub with her food I would find them licked clean of her grain but not eaten.

    I think she just got tired of her 'brother' getting things she was not getting and she took a carrot piece one day. For a while after that she was willing to take carrot pieces if I cut them up into bite size bits, but she was not willing to take large carrot pieces. Then I tricked her with a piece of apple and a piece of carrot together one day. She has been eating just about anything offered ever since.

    I say keep trying. Just keep offering.
        04-29-2010, 10:54 AM
    A reminder too - a horse does not NEED treats.

    Yes I do once in a while treat my horses. It's more the exception than the rule.
        04-29-2010, 10:57 AM
    Green Broke
    I read a study they did on flavors horses liked and apples and carrots were actually not as high on the list as you would think! If I remember correctly apples were on the lower part of the top 10. I think #1 was something really random like fenugreek and I'm thinking that peppermints and bananas were higher then apples and maybe even carrots. Have you tried peppermints? I know lots of horses that looooove them! I know several horses that would do anything for a banana. And lots of horses that like grapes. You could just bring a little buffet out for your horse and see what he likes best!
        04-29-2010, 02:03 PM
    Green Broke
    My mare likes sour candy. LOL. She'll eat the heck outta it. Ummm. She likes grapes as well. And peppermints. If I have something she refuses to try I usually stick it in the side of her mouth so she has to taste it. Lol. She'll either spit it out or gobble it up.
        04-29-2010, 02:45 PM
    Upnover, that is really interesting. I think this Saterday I will prepare for her a "buffet" and see what things she likes and doesn't like. Whatever she doesn't like will definitely not go to waste. (the other horses there will be begging for some as well)

    A horse by my barn also loves grapes, and will eat them all day. It's weird to think horses like grapes...LOL
        05-20-2010, 11:42 AM
    Green Broke
    ^^ that's Arrow isnt it? That funny mare vacums them up LOL
        05-20-2010, 05:43 PM
    LOL. Yup, that's Arrow...
        05-21-2010, 04:42 PM
    My mare only wants peppermint candys..

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