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post #1 of 16 Old 09-14-2019, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Safe Human Candies/Treats to give to Horses?

As I'm preparing to show, I'm starting to hit nerves. In the past, when I hit nerves in other activities, I would suck on candies or gummies. Or pretty much anything that wouldn't melt in my mouth too quickly and that I could focus on. What I'm pretty much asking is, is there anything that would last in my mouth for a little bit, that is also horse friendly?

Back then, I would grab the gummy sharks. They were sweet and hard, so my attention was on it for awhile. What am I looking out for, other than excessive sugar in the candies?

I'm really only asking because as much as I would like to say I won't give him any... chances are he'll get a few. (You know how horses are.) Please don't judge me, or yell at me for this question. I realize giving high sugar candies to horses is a big no-no. If there isn't any, I'll find a horse friendly equivalent. TIA.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-14-2019, 11:56 PM
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Otis's previous owner used to give him licorice, and he's still alive, lol. Mints are pretty common candies people give to horses. I share none of my candies, they are all mine!

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 01:10 AM
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Candy canes, always a good Christmas treat.
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 07:44 AM
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My horses like Dutch Licorice, especially School Kritje, peppermints of any kind, butter scotch drops, pretty much anything that's real sweet. If you give them Dutch Licorice, look for "Salmiak" and "Dubble Zout", those can be VERY strong on the ammonia end of the scale (food grade ammonium chloride is used for the flavor) and the ones marked DZ and/or coated with a powdery white-ish substance are the strongest. The horses loved the School Kritje (school chalk), it's kind of peppery and sweet, not so much the DZ's. Can't say about American licorice, I can't stand the stuff, so haven't tried it on them.

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I always given them polo mints and extra strong mints as a treat.


My old gelding loved the taste of tablet and toffee thanks to a neighbour. The toffee was stopped but i did give him the occasional square of tablet if I'd some left at the end of a packet. To look after his health, I'd have to struggle to eat it myself
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post #6 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 08:22 AM
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Mine like Altoids. Have one named after his favorite flavor - Cool Honey.


Unless you are just pouring them by the pound down his throat there is no reason to work yourself up over a treat. An average horse at maintenance calories needs 15,000 calories a day. One Gummy Shark (good sized) has 35. The sugar is insignificant at that level. I'd worry more about the gummy nature and it sticking to his teeth since a horse doesn't brush. Even then that worry would be so far down on my list...
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 11:09 AM
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Peppermints (I see these are popular) and butterscotch. My husband used to give a treat at the fence when he fed in the evenings. By the time they all got to the barn the gelding had his crunched up and gone. The mare savored hers and still had hers in her mouth.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 11:12 AM
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I keep an assortment of hard candies for horse treats. Peppermints, jolly ranchers, butter scotch disc, sweet tarts. My gelding loves oranges peel and all. Gummy bears are also a big hit so have those for treats also.

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 11:43 AM
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Peppermints for sure, and I have given butterscotch hard candy to a few. The ones I gave a jolly rancher were not at all a fan! I think it's too sour to them, or at least to some, plus they do stick to teeth, so like others mentioned you have to be careful. One or two bits of candy won't hurt anybody, no bigger than they are. They're amazingly good at crunching hard candy that takes us ages down to dust in a matter of second.

I'd just say be careful of having any candy in your mouth when you go into the ring (I assume you wouldn't, but not certain of intention here) because there's always the risk of breathing it in if your horse surprises you too much :) Ask me how I know that can be done with hard peppermints!
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-15-2019, 11:46 AM
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I have heard of several people giving their horses snickers bars. I personally have never given mine anything sweeter than an apple, because I dislike most candy myself I pretty much never have it around. I'd try butterscotch buttons though as I love those.
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