Liv’s Tip of the Month – Holiday Treats
What treats can your horse eat for the holidays?
First – think of this in terms of a tiny treat – like half of a peppermint – or something larger, like an extra flake of hay or an extra scoop of feed. Then that treat has become part of his diet. The point is to make sure that “treats” don’t tip the balance of his forage and feed diet into the unnecessary calorie zone.
You also don’t want to feed anything that will upset your horse’s stomach. Smaller treats will help prevent this, as will treats that are similar to what he already eats. Think about the horse who eats alfalfa/timothy blend hay. You could give him few hay cubes of the same combination.
Watch the sugar content of any treats, many horses with metabolic issues don’t need the sugars. Carrots are surprisingly high in sugar. Peanuts in the shell are not, and make an ideal alternative.