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post #1 of 13 Old 12-21-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horses and apples

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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!
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He might not have ever had one before, and some horses have specific treats they'll eat and others they won't. He also might have just been unsure of it because you're a stranger.

I personally always cut apples for my horses, because feeding a whole one makes me worry about the possibility of choking.

Do you have permission to be feeding your neighbors horses treats? It sounds harmless but many people are unaware of behavior problems treat giving by hand can cause. Also some horses cannot have treats with sugars in them.
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Some horses don't like apples, one of my horses won't eat a crabapple.
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Sounds like he was unsure to me. My guy did this when I first got him. Doesn't now though. Also how were you holding your hand sometimes my gelding nibbles when my finger are in a spot that he may accidentally bite so he's extra careful.
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He might not have ever had one before, and some horses have specific treats they'll eat and others they won't. He also might have just been unsure of it because you're a stranger.

I personally always cut apples for my horses, because feeding a whole one makes me worry about the possibility of choking.

Do you have permission to be feeding your neighbors horses treats? It sounds harmless but many people are unaware of behavior problems treat giving by hand can cause. Also some horses cannot have treats with sugars in them.
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Or he's unaware of what they are because his owners don't feed him treats.
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Maybe he just doesn't like apples.
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If his owners don't feed him treats it's probably for a reason. Do you have permission to be feeding it? If not stop feeding the horse behind his hack. It can cause nasty unwanted behavior. One of my mares gets no treats for that reason. If people fed her apples without asking I'd be very angry with them. There's a reason she doesn't get any. Always ask, never assume it's okay.
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Hello again,
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!
My thanks,
Michaela Wallingford
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)

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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If his owners don't feed him treats it's probably for a reason. Do you have permission to be feeding it? If not stop feeding the horse behind his hack. It can cause nasty unwanted behavior. One of my mares gets no treats for that reason. If people fed her apples without asking I'd be very angry with them. There's a reason she doesn't get any. Always ask, never assume it's okay.
This. Mine wouldn't take them either because they don't get treats. Lesson horses get the occasional peppermint from students after they catch them for lessons but only in a feed pan.

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My horse absolutely loves apples. And he gets them hand fed, though I get why some people chose not to give their horse treats.

That said, he may just not like apples. I used to lease a horse that was very picky about his treats xD

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