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    08-01-2013, 02:59 PM
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Foal
Sugar cubes?

So the lady I work for said her horses love sugar cubes and I googled it and everyone said it was okay unless you where like feeding them the whole box.

But because I'm cautious and don't want to cause any teeth issues.

Sugar cubes or no?
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    08-01-2013, 03:03 PM
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Yearling
I wouldn't feed sugar cubes in a consistent manner..they like other things likes carrots, apples and peppermints. My trainer has me give a couple of sugar cubes just before we ride (Lesson or show) as it encourages the horse to mouth the bit and salivate..which helps keep the mouth soft. Other than that the horse doesn't get sugar cubes on a non-lesson/non-show day. My last one would just about run you over for a peppermint but he didn't exactly turn down carrots or apples.
     
    08-01-2013, 03:28 PM
  #3
Yearling
Mine love peppermints. They hear that wrapper crinkle and they come running. I never have any sugar cubes laying around to give them, but I'd imagine it'd take a whole lot to do harm.
     
    08-01-2013, 04:01 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Sugar cubes are fine as occasional treats. I use them as a "jackpot" treat when my horse does something especially well (his regular treat is a few alfalfa pellets).

Each sugar cube is only 4g of sugar, less than half the sugar in one of those red and white hard peppermint candies.
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    08-01-2013, 04:13 PM
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Foal
Awesome thank y'all!(:
     
    08-01-2013, 04:51 PM
  #6
Yearling
We were giving our colt sugar cubes, but had to stop as he was literally going crazy after he ate them. We started calling it "sugar crack". He started jumping on us, running to us and not stopping, and bitting everything! We took away the sugar cubes and he went back to his normal self. Now the only treat he gets is loving pets and scratches on the backside.
(We only gave him 1 sugar cube a day)
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    08-01-2013, 05:25 PM
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Weanling
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We were giving our colt sugar cubes, but had to stop as he was literally going crazy after he ate them. We started calling it "sugar crack". He started jumping on us, running to us and not stopping, and bitting everything! We took away the sugar cubes and he went back to his normal self. Now the only treat he gets is loving pets and scratches on the backside.
(We only gave him 1 sugar cube a day)
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That wasn't from the sugar, that was from you not demanding that he have manners. There is no way you only gave him 1 cube a day and his manners got that bad from it.

Nope, you simply didn't keep up with making him mind.
     
    08-01-2013, 05:28 PM
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Green Broke
As a treat they are fine, as long as make sure the horse keeps it manners, no biting, no pushing no crowding . They act like a brat.. no treat. Only good horses get treats.lol
     
    08-01-2013, 05:44 PM
  #9
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When I was young my grandfather had a couple of racehorses in training and it was a weekend ritual to go to the yard and give all the horses a sugar lump each.
If we went to anywhere that had them in a bowl for putting in tea or coffee I'm ashamed to admit that I used to fill my pockets with them.
     
    08-01-2013, 05:49 PM
  #10
Started
I don't see a problem with it as long as you ration them. And by that I mean one for the horse...one for you.
     

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