Originally Posted by 17mwallingford
What do you do if a horse doesn't eat an apple? I held one out to my neighbors horse today and he didn't know what to make of it. He nibbled it and tried to eat it but wouldn't. Finally I cut it into fourths, and he ate most of it them. Is this an indication of a tooth problem? Has he never had an apple before? Please help!
Some horses don't like apples. Neither of mine will eat them. You can put a slice in their mouth and they "might" actually bit it before let it fall out and push out any of it that didn't fall. They don't like sweet treats (like mints) either. Only one of them will sometimes take a bit of carrot.
It's amusing watching people trying to entice them with these "treats" that many horses love, but mine dislike. I keep hay cubes or pellets handy for when a child wants to give them a treat. They'll both come for those and it's good for the child to feel successful at giving the horse a treat (especially after their apple failed)