Treats - our horses say they're a necessity! But what if your horse is restricted on their sugar intake? Whether they have Cushing's, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, PSSM, or are just a very easy keeper - many horses cannot have the standard horse treats due to the sugar content. But do not worry, there's plenty of options outside of apples, carrots, and sugar cubes!
Celery is a great low sugar treat for your horse. It even has that crisp "snap" of a carrot! Celery is a low calorie treat as well, so it's ideal for overweight horses or easy keepers.
Peanuts in the shell are another low sugar option many horses enjoy. They're easy to keep in your pocket for training, and they're inexpensive. If your horse has a history of choke, or dental issues, it is suggested to remove the shell before feeding.
Maybe your horse is a big peppermint fan. Don't worry, and give sugar free peppermint candy a try! Just be sure the sugar free candy you choose does not contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is proven toxic in dogs - and may be risky for horses.
What horse doesn't love some alfalfa? Alfalfa cubes make a great low sugar treat, and as a bonus, add more roughage into your horse's diet. If your horse is prone to choke, or has dental issues, soaking the cubes or breaking them up into small pieces is recommended.
Okay, so this might not be an edible treat. But never underestimate how positive and encouraging a pat on the neck, a good rubdown, or some kinds words can be to your horse. We use treats to build a relationship and express affection to our horses. But we can do that always - no treats required!
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