horse treats! (what do you use?)
I figured this was a good place to post this. I wanna know what you guys give your horses as treats I know what I give mine - and they're picky about not having them!
My mare Chewy adores
so what do your ponies eat? And yes I'm aware Chewy's treats aren't exactly healthy but they're only on ocassion and she's never had an adverse reaction (and the vets already know she eats them and watched her eat them so. . . I guess they're not too bad for her?)
I don't give much for treats, an occassional apple or carrot. I bought a bag of horse treats from tractor supply. It's taken all summer and fall to go through half the bag. Sometimes I use a handful of hay pellets.
I have two horses with metabolic issues. Sugar does not exist in my barn.
They are all perfectly content with timothy pellets and that is something that can safely and easily be put in a Ziplock bag when out trail riding:-)
Mostly carrots. Occasionally, a honey oat granola bar.
My two will blimp up at the drop of a hat so they don't get many treats but when they do they get a small piece of cut up carrot or apple.
If I gave either of them a sugar cube or honeybun they would think they'd died and gone to heaven but would also gain twenty pounds right on the spot.
I give apples, carrots, horse treats and granola bars sometimes ones with fruit filling. I'll also add just a tad of apple sauce into their beet bulp once in a while. When I bought my older QH his owner made me promise I would give him the hard jolly ranchers once in a while, they are his favorite. He will almost do back flips when he sees the package. It is so funny how excited he gets!
We have lots of fruit trees, so they get the blemished fruit. Plums, apples, pears.
Mine get an occasional pear off the tree when they are ripe, tossed to them in the pasture. Aside from that I only have one that gets treats, she's 20 and came to me having been given treats her whole life so I let lesson kids give her a sugar free peppermint after lessons are over. The rest have never been given treats so they won't take anything even if offered.
Carrots, apples, or apple or berry or peppermint flavored horse treats.
Years ago I had a mare who loved those little butterscotch candies. She would hold it in her mouth for ages before finally chewing it. I stay away from candy now though.
Usually it's alfalfa cubes and hay. He loves alfalfa cubes more than life itself, and I usually bring about a pound every time I visit to put in his treat dispenser, but I'll grab a few from the bag and use them as rewards sometimes. I'll also use hay as a reward for standing quietly while he's getting girthed up- I'll grab a big handful and stick it on his back behind the saddle, then pull off a little handful every time he's quiet when the girth is tightened a notch.
I always bring apples for him when we go to shows, and he'll get carrots occasionally when they start to look a little old in the refrigerator at home.
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