Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
We feed ours carrots by hand about 1/month. Break off a chunk of carrot and offer it on the palm of our hand. Any sign of pushiness gets the horse sent off and the others get his share.
Some of it may depend on the horse. Our mare and Appy are very respectful about food.
Our little mustang is not - he even tried to get our mare to leave her food the other day and she is nearly a foot taller than him. After the initial shock at his stupidity, she unloaded on him. When I brought buckets of hay pellets in the corral yesterday, he came up behind and tried to steal a few from me. I kicked out behind me, connected with his shoulder & he went running. I ended up giving him his bucket of pellets because it was cold and raining, but I also stood between him & the bucket and wouldn't let him approach for a few minutes.
So on our rare carrot days, he gets watched closely. He's too food oriented for his own good. There is no way I'd trust him with a kid & a carrot!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)