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  1. #1
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    Question SURVEY SAYS... "Horse Treat Survey!"

    I'm conducting a little research for a book project. Seriously. And while I wish it were a more earth-shattering topic-- like contemplating the use of draw reins or how much bling one should wear in the show arena-- this is simply about horse treats.

    So... What is your horse's favorite treat?

    Is it peppermints, commercially packaged "horse cookies", fresh carrots (a little mundane but always reliable), licorice (red or black?), soda (my sister's old horse had an unending craving for orange soda pop), donuts, or... ?

    Thanks for your input!



  2. #2
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    Carrots or grain.



  3. #3
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    Star Brite Peppermints
    Giddyap Girls Treats
    Mrs. Pasture's Cookies
    Bananas
    Watermelon

    --not necessarily in that order
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.



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    For HRH Avery, Dumor Horse Cookies get the nod every time.

    I think it's amusing sometimes to A-B test him with Treat A in one hand and Treat B in the other, to see which one he goes for. The results so far:

    Carrot v. Dumor - Dumor wins.

    Pizza Crust v. Dumor - Dumor wins.

    Peanut M&Ms v. Dumor - Dumor wins.

    I drove 165 miles last weekend to get HRH his Dumors. (Yes, dumb-asp WA got lost trying to take a "short cut" from new abode.)
    "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief



  5. #5
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    Grapes.
    Watermelon
    Pears.

    Also eats peppermints, cupcakes, bananas, and regular horse treats, but grapes are his favorite.



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    Grain and hay stretcher pellets (Blue Seal) are always favorites.



  7. #7
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    Carrots are great, but if I don't feed them all at once, then they tend to sit and get slimy in my tack trunk. So, I usually go for horse "cookies" - Otto's not fussy, he will eat them all! His absolute favorite are peppermints, and he detests watermelon.



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    Loves ...
    Watermelon
    Packaged treats
    Fresh carrots and carrot tops
    Sugar cube (training reward only)

    Not so crazy about ...
    Horse cookies



  9. #9
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    Hands down, apples.
    Mary



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    Absolutely APPLES (once they learn to like them). My old horse loved his Pepsi though.



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    Fritos...
    Ya can't beat corn and salt

    Best with Tangerine Gatorade

    Disclaimer:
    Since our new Pre-Cushings diagnosis, anything even resembling sugar is a fond memory.
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  12. #12
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    Mine would walk through fire for a Mrs. Pasture's cookie (or six)... they won't get on the trailer for one but they would walk through fire.
    If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb




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    Piedmont Penelope 11 yr old Conn/TB mare

    Watermelon rinds--her absolute favorite, she will hunt you down like a dog to get her watermelon, she will "pat" you down if she gets a whiff of watermelon smell on you

    Grapes--Loves her grapes, will roll em in her mouth and then delicately squish them with her teeth

    Carrots

    Apples--takes nice bites, and has good manners when presented with a whole apple

    Peppermints

    Granola bars--this was an aqquired taste, took her a few months to understand what these were--she would take them and spit them out, now she loves them

    Salvandi Classic Design 7 yr old British Riding Pony gelding

    Carrots

    Apples--need to cut them up, he has bad manners and is very greedy and pushy

    Peppermints

    Granola Bars

    Hates Watermelon and Grapes, will look at you like a total idiot if you try to give him watermelon or grapes. Piedmont Penelope happily offers to take his share of the watermelon and grapes



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    Pears
    Watermelon -- the new favorite!
    Peppermints -- but not too many 'cause he gets sugar highs
    But the Apple Wafers are always in my trunk, too.
    RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.



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    All of my horses like most fruit and store-bought treats. Oscar particularly likes gum drops, and Maike loves donuts!
    Also, we can't forget Peeps!
    Amateur rider, professional braider.
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    Save a life, adopt a pet.



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    Bananas and Meadow Mints.



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    Costco brand organic animal crackers. - I took em down to the barn just for some snacks (for me). I was munching on them outside his stall and he could not get his head out far enough to reach for one of those.

    APPLES
    Peppermint snacks made by START. He loves those. Not actual peppermints though



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    My old man is a purist - carrots only.

    If you don't have carrots, pieces of apple will be an acceptable, but less preferred, substitute.

    He has broken many little girls' hearts over his disdain for horse cookies, peppermints, or even sugar cubes. He believes that any of these are simply a ruse for making him eat poison.
    "She still had all of her marbles, though every one of them was shaped funny and rolled asymmetrically."



  19. #19
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    Smile BANANAS!!!

    There is nothing more horse loves more than a banana! He usually eats 4 or 5 after cross country.



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    Carrots are like crack for Tally.



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