Does your horse like unusual treats? I used to have a friend whose horse would eat a Big Mac including the pickles! We had a horse at the barn that liked the occasional Snickers bar. My current equine friends are fans of Purina NIcker Snacks and the peanut butter treats from Buckeye Feeds.

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My first horse Big John thought I should share anything I was eating. I was careful not to give him anything I thought would make him sick, but there were some things he really liked. His favorite was watermelon!
one of my ares eats satsumas, and cool Origional Doritos. My pony likes Malteasers and Minstrals, lol
My horse montana is willing to try anything when I offer it to him...He really likes milk duds...
Mine really don't like treats that much...Easter and TAngo loves apples, and Brandy will pratically attack you for carrots.
But Bella and Sheik have never treats that much, and since their young I don't give them a lot. Sheik likes peppermints though.
My old mare doesn't particularily like treats. She "can't be bought" is her attitude. Of course I teach my students not to feed treats out of hand. I know of a girl who got her finger bitten off once feeding it grass out of her hand. The horse can't see what you are offering, or your hand. So, it smelled like grass, and the horse didn't know the figner was there, too.

Feeding treats indescrimately can cause a horse to expect it, and get nippy and pushy when the treat isn't there. That being said, there is a right time for treats. I have used them in training horses to do tricks. My miniature horse liked ginger snaps, which I bought at the dollar store for $1 per bag. I taught him to shake hands by tapping lightly on his cannon bone until he picked it up, then gave him a ginger snap immediately. I gave the voice command, "Shake" as I tapped. Soon all I had to do was give the voice command. The cookie made the training go faster, but it would have worked without it.

I have the children who want to give their favorite horse a carrot or apple to put it in the horse's feed bucket, which is where it is used to finding food.

We had an Arab gelding who liked peppermints. My grand daughter gave him one after their rides. That was the only time she gave it to him. She'd say, "Coco, want a treat?" He'd shake his head yes and he'd get his treat. I taught him to shake hands, too. That is Coco in my profile photo with me. I never give a treat without making the horse earn it.

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