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  • What kind of candy do you give to your horse?

    What kind of candy do you give to your horse?

    I like to give my horse an individually wrapped Spearmint candy, since it's almost like sugar, individually wrapped candy doesn't melt and dissolve in my beeches pockets in the summer, they do not attract ants, and green coloring doesn't color horse's mouth foam in pink - making it looks like the horse is bleeding.

    That said, I'm kind of tired of the same old Spearmint candy. Would love to find something new! Any ideas?

  • #2
    Peppermint candy canes and peeps.


    • #3
      Individually wrapped Jolly Ranchers. They love them.


      • #4
        None. (Altho I'd love to find real peppermint oil to give him without the sugar from peppermints.)

        He eats apples, oranges, beer.

        He ate those frozen human cookies in Florida, but I stopped that. Ditto the studmuffins.

        I guess Coca-Cola might be considered a "candy" but he takes his meds in his Coke, so it is beneficial.


        • #5
          Your horse will probably dig anything fruit-flavored. So don't neglect the gummi whatevers-- bears, worms, sharks...

          Just experiment. That's making science fun for all!
          The armchair saddler
          Politically Pro-Cat


          • #6
            Peeps, of course. goodnplenty. rice krispie treats. gingerbread, sugar, or oatmeal raisin cookies. Licorice in general.

            After all, I should know!
            Special Horses - equine volunteer to assist equines in need!


            • #7
              Originally posted by Ted the Peep 'Ho View Post
              Peeps, of course. goodnplenty. rice krispie treats. gingerbread, sugar, or oatmeal raisin cookies. Licorice in general.

              After all, I should know!
              Ted, you are only getting a small % of the treats, someone close to you (not Bow) is eating a lot of your stuff.

              And did JustBorn ever realize that you could be their spokeshorse? Move over, Mr. Ed.


              • #8
                ginger snaps, good n plenty, starlight mints, puffed mints, carrot cake that's gone stale. all the mint lifesavers are great too. i'll buy the small rolls to keep in my breeches, and the bags for around the barn. they are a bit more expensive but they arent colored, and they come in a variety of mint flavors.
                oatmeal cream pies are a hit if you are in the mood for blowing some bucks. great for hiding bute or wormer in too
                my horse doesnt do gummy and thought i was poisoning him when i gave him peeps (i know, he doesnt know what he's missing)
                chaque pas est fait ensemble


                • #9
                  Individually wrapped peppermint lifesavers (you should see the antics when I crinkle a wrapper!) They come in sugarless too.
                  Made the mistake of giving one of my geldings some store brand Oreo type cookies once during a lunch break....he loved them, but when I returned to feed supper, he was loaded with hives!
                  Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
                  Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique


                  • #10
                    Peppermints, but only the sugar-free kind. Sugar rots their teeth just as much as it does ours!


                    • #11
                      fruit flavored tums and peppermints.


                      • #12
                        Peeps, peppermints, lifesavers...

                        I have tons of jolly ranchers (love them!) and should bring some out for Milo to try... I don't like the apple ones, so maybe he'll love those and I can get rid of them! He usually doesnt' like apple flavored stuff though.

                        A few weekends ago my friend and I were at a horseshow and her parents brought us breakfast... we had some sort of chicken breakfast sandwhich thing from Mcdonalds. Her horse was all over it! He LOVED the chicken haha.

                        I don't like, fill my gelding's bucket with junk and treats, but once in a while some candy or a piece of chicken sandwhich won't hurt them, IMO.
                        Last edited by Milocalwinnings; May. 4, 2009, 08:10 PM.
                        "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"


                        • #13
                          I've been known to share just about anything with my horse... I was eating an egg, cheese, and bacon English muffin at an event and my horse look interested. He got a piece. He also showed interest in a cucumber and peanut butter sandwich (WTF?!?) someone was eating while I was getting ready for a lesson. The person gave him a bit. Sour cream and onion potato chips? Why not!

                          More traditionally: mints, sugar cubes (my mom would bring them back from restaurants in Europe so I could give them a "special" sugar cube every once in a while), oatmeal raisin cookies, occasional soda.
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                          • #14
                            Mine LOVE what I call the "Nector of the Gods". It's those sugar coated fruit slices? Cherry seems to be their favorite, though orange is a big hit too. They also love black licorice, apple licorice, and tolerate red licorice. Gummi worms are a fun favorite and it's fun to make them stretch them out and pull them out of my hand

                            Tommy won't touch peeps, and Pi takes them in his mouth, licks off all the sugar, and spits out the marshmallow. Of course, Tommy loves watermelon rinds whole, while Pi will either use his teeth to scrape off any and all pink while I hold the rind, or take the rind in his mouth, scrape off the pink, and spit out the rest of the rind.

                            Yes, I know Pi is an odd horse.
                            If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
                            ~ Maya Angelou


                            • #15
                              I keep the soft puffy peppermints in my feed room, but give them in moderation. I don't think I would feel comfortable feeding any other candy. However, I have been known to share a popsicle! The horse that we are leasing for our daughter much preferred the orange flavored popsicle to the cherry!


                              • #16

                                Post-workout, mine will find a few grass hay cubes or pellets in their mangers as a treat. Occasionally they get carrots or apple cores (after I eat the apple). They most enjoy hand grazing where the grass is greenest.


                                • #17
                                  Seedless grapes.
                                  "... if you think i'm MAD, today, of all days,
                                  the best day in ten years,
                                  you are SORELY MISTAKEN, MY LITTLE ANCHOVY."


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Tif_Ann View Post
                                    Tommy won't touch peeps, and Pi takes them in his mouth, licks off all the sugar, and spits out the marshmallow.

                                    Yes, I know Pi is an odd horse.
                                    Ted would know this for sure, but isn't that Peep abuse?!?! You can't remove their skin & spit them back out

                                    My boy loves grapes, raisins, & bananas - he gets these occasionally as special treats - but the carrots keep coming on a regular basis. If I do arrive at his door without a carrot I get "Hi Mom.... wait you have nothing for me... I'm going away"
                                    Life is hard. Buy a freaking helmet.
                                    Originally posted by meupatdoes
                                    Whatever, go gallop.


                                    • #19
                                      When I had Ellie, she would kick down the stall door for anything with bananas in, bagels or skittles. My new mare, so far, just will eat proper horse treats.....actually turned her nose up at apples!
                                      Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!


                                      • #20
                                        My old Pony Club horse was a huge fan of Good-n-Plentys. They never did rot his teeth and he ate them for almost 30 years. It took me until he was about 6 or 7 to figure out he loved them so much. I never had a box I didn't share with him! A straight suger and licorice buzz is tough to beat!

                                        The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.