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I've always given my horses oats after a good ride, as a bit of a treat (my horses spit out apples and carrots). Buuuut, oats also make hot horses hotter and if im riding a hot horse (one horse in particular) every day or every other day, thats a lot of extra energy going in to her that I know want to deal with lol. So, whats a good and reasonable subsitute for just plain oats at the end of a ride that wont give my horse endless energy and leave her bouncing off the walls?
 

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Have you tried horse cookies. They have lots of brands and flavors, for sure your horse will find one of them to be good. My horse likes the butterscotch cookies.
 

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Go to the feed store and buy a sack of horse crunch, last you for years. Basically it's extruded feed made into cookies, extruded usually means the extra sugars & starches are cooked out.
 
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The less extra enerfy Squiggy gets from her feed, the better! Lol.
I will have to keep my eyes open next time im at a feed store.
 

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Apples, carrots, horse cookies, alfalfa cubes... whatever your horse will eat, pretty much but more often than not, grass works just fine ;)
 

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I give my horse alfalfa pellets (have also done cubes in the past) as an extra treat when I see him. I've yet to find anything he likes as much as alfalfa :) If you don't want to do alfalfa you could just as easily do grass pellets.
 

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I would just hand graze and let her pick off some alfalfa plants around the yard but thats tedious and I normally ride 2 horses consecutively.

I will look at what the feed store has for cheap treats that arent high energy.
 

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Those horse crunch cookies fit so nice in every pocket of any garment you own, they also go through the washer & dryer and come out intact!
 

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For a little added something to a working horse's meal, I will give them a few Cattle range/breeder cubes (either 18% or 20% protein). I've never met a horse that didn't like them. They add a bit of protein if the horse isn't being fed a real high protein hay like alfalfa. Never noticed that they made any of my horses hot...even the supercharged horses LOL.
 

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Hahaha well thats handy!

Smrobs, these cubes you speak of, where do you buy them?

Arent supercharged horses just the best? Lol..... just a side note.
 

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After using the horse crunch cookies as treats, my horses do not touch carrots or apples, fussy beasts.
 

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Smrobs, these cubes you speak of, where do you buy them?

Arent supercharged horses just the best? Lol..... just a side note.
I buy them at the feed store. I don't know how it works in other areas, but around here the "feed store" is just the local Co-Op that carries feed and care items for horses, cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and all other common farm critters. Other folks may have feed stores designated just for horses...I don't know LOL. Here's what I get.
Super 20% Range Cube - Shawnee Milling

As for the supercharged horses, they're great so long as they aren't the prancy supercharge LOL. I like the controlled supercharge. I saw this somewhere, maybe here, the other day.>> "Horses that feel like your sitting on a leaky gas tanker with a lit cigarette in your hand"; horses like that that will go around on a loose rein.

Adore them :D
 

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I have tries to feed my horses apples and carrots and they dont even give them a chance!

Around here, we have co ops, ufa and peavy mart. One of the three should have those!

Im working on the controlled super-charged part of it. Lol. She still gets fired up when cows start running and such, and at those times, my legs are like the lit cigarettes lol. Shes startng to travel much nicer on loose rein, I guess the trick is just to ride her hard at round ups and the like and she will learn to conserve that energy over the long term. Its like trying to turn gas into diesel. Lol.
 
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