A Variety of Treats to Try

Your horse's palate may be larger than you think. Try offering your horse these non-traditional treats and find out what he likes.

Carrots, apples and peppermint candies will pique the interest of most horses who like treats, but there’s no reason to stop there. Just for fun, try experimenting with other tasty tidbits your horse might like as an occasional snack.

A white horse eating a treat out of a woman's hand.
Whatever treat you decide to give your horse, make sure it’s broken or cut into pieces two inches or smaller.

Fruits: bananas, watermelon rinds, mangoes without the seeds, grapes, raisins, fruit juice

Vegetables: peas, green beans, lettuce, celery, pumpkins

Other: bread, bagels, cake or pastries (without chocolate, cinnamon or poppy seeds). Also, pretzels, corn chips or potato chips; pasta; eggs; dried pinto, red or fava beans (but these are better cooked); beer

To be safe, cut or break treats into pieces of two inches or less. Offer no more than one or two bites of a new snack on the first try, and then never feed more than two pounds at once. Also avoid offering sweet treats to obese horses or those with insulin resistance.

Click here to learn about the different ways horses are fed around the world.

This article first appeared in EQUUS issue #427.

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