Yummy Treats!

George, our goofy resident thoroughbred enjoying a morning snack.

There are many schools of thought when it comes to feeding treats to our equine companions. Hand feed or bucket? Positive reward or monster-maker? No matter what you choose to do with your horse, there will be someone who chastises you for making the “wrong” choice. At my barn, we feed our horses treats as more of a reward for the human than for the horse. Who doesn’t love the tickle of a furry muzzle as a carrot is eagerly plucked from your palm? Personally, I think the best sound in world is horses crunching and munching.

That being said, there are certain behaviors that we do not allow from our horses during treat time. Pushy and rude behavior is never tolerated. If a horse acts like he is entitled by violating personal space, or becoming “lippy,” he is immediately sent away and goes without his snack. Often times, I am more disappointed in this scenario than my horse is,but I certainly will not allow my horse’s bad behavior to fuel some well-meaning onlooker into sharing, “You know, you should never feed horses treats…”




Tucker’s Tidbits
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup flour
1 apple, diced
2 carrots, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease muffin tins or use non-stick pray
Mix apples and carrots with molasses
Add water, flour, and oatmeal
Scoop mixture into muffin tins
Bake for 30-45 minutes

2 Replies to “Yummy Treats!”


January 10, 2018 at 9:23 am

I always hear “You should never feed your horses by hand”. I trained my mare to stand quietly, have her halter removed and wait to get a treat to ward off any turn out accidents. We have never had a problem.

Also – NEVER feed another person’s horses treats without permission!!! You do not know if their horse has issues. It drives me NUTS to see random people feeding my mare over the fence.



    January 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I agree 100% with your comment about not feeding other people’s horses without permission. I have a horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome and he is on a restricted diet.


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