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Jean Sheiness
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Username: Ladera

Post Number: 4
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 1:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I discovered by accident that my warmblood loves the banana peel. She squeezes the fruit,eats the peel and leaves the the pulp. I was warned by another horseowner that watermelon rinds and banana peels cause colic. Looking through "Horseadvice" I find no indication of watermelon rinds being a colic issue. My queston is,Should I stop giving her the peels?
She also happens to prefer eating watermelon rinds than the pulp.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 6:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

As treats offered in small quanities, I don't know of any problems, so let him enjoy!
DrO
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Holly Z.
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Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 11:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a horse that loves cantalope rinds as well. I once took care of a horse that loved snickers bars. When we were at a show I used to buy her one from the concession every day. We used to have a horse that loved tuna sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies.

Pretty funny what horses will eat.
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ANN COLLIER
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 1:42 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

lets not forget beer.. i have a yearling filly that goes nuts for it... the 3 year old in the pasture with her won't have anything to do with it.. ahhh the young and silly...

Ann
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Leilani Clark
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 1:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ann,
My 11 yo mare, Mele loves beer and anything else she can get her lips on. A true "easy keeper." My 3 yo wasn't raised around people so at first was not interested in anything other than cubes. One day it seems she just had to try a piece of apple and now she loves apples and carrots. She mimics Mele in almost everything.
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Colleen Goolsby
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Post Number: 156
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 1:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horses wont drink beer either, but one that stayed on the same pasture for awhile would knock you down for some and another friends horse loved it. My grandfathers plow horse loved coca cola. There are pictures of my grandpa holding up the bottle and the horse gulping it down.

Colleen
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Jerre R
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 1:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Gee, my mare must have more sophisticated tastes -- what she goes for is red wine!

H'mmm, maybe THAT'S how she got "unexpectedly" pregnant!

Jerre
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Sue G
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Post Number: 45
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 2:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sadly it appears that I have a barn full of alcoholics. They'll drink just about anything. The only one with any discriminating taste is my big competition horse who turns his nose up at anything except a really good Australian Chardonnay.
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Christine C. Mills in NC
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 2:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My coming 21 yo mare goes nuts for Nature Valley granola bars - found out early in our show career when I was noshing on one and she nearly knocked me over to get a bite.

She like oatmeal cookies, too. Watermelon results in a flehman response and she won't eat it.

She does like beer and cola. She'll usually want to be offered what you are eating, but may decide not to try it. I think it is important to her to be "included."

Cheers.
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Lisa Brand
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Post Number: 75
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 2:37 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My gelding has an aversion to beer!

Last summer my husband was working down at the barn and my always nosey/mouthy horse went for his beer. Much to my surprise, he took one sniff and Whew! Back went the head and he immediately walked off and wouldn't come near that beer can at all!

That got me to thinking. I am wanting to work on showmanship this year, but I've been having problems with keeping my gelding's mouth off the lead line, my hands, etc. I think I will soak the lead line and my hands in beer to see if this will keep him at bay! I may be on to something. Either that, or I'll create a worse problem!

I'll let you know if if works!
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ANN COLLIER
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 4:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Lisa, you will be on to something.. like sticky hands and ants!!!


Ann
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Lorrie Hutchens-Grover
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004 - 10:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I used to have a pony many years ago that loved any type of soda. The only time I ever got nervous at horse shows was when I saw spectators standing on the rail with a can in hand, as I knew we would be coming to a screaching halt as soon as she noticed it.
My current horse just loves honey buns!!!!!!

Lorrie
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Heidi Hocker
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Posted on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 - 10:25 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It's funny that this comes up now. Last night I was at the barn and the barn owner was drinking a mug of hot coffee (black, no sugar). One of the horses was being walked around by one of the kids and the mare reaches out for the coffee mug. So the owner poured a little in her hand and let her taste it. Then the mare decided she liked it and drank almost the entire cup (out of the mug) before she decided she was done. It was just hilarious.

Heidi
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Christine C. Mills in NC
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Posted on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 - 12:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I knew a horse that liked coffee when I lived in MD oh so many years ago. If you were riding her in a lesson, she'd make a bee line for her owner if she smelled coffee.

I also felt she was the "shop steward" of the whole herd. She seemed to be in charge of everything, without being mean or bossy - just the accepted leader.

Cute.
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Susan Bilsky
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Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 - 10:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Would you all like fries with that!
Here is my laundry list of discriminating tastes:

Strawberries, watermelon, green seedless grapes, fresh corn on the cob, petunias in hanging baskets, peanut butter sandwiches, slushy slurpies, pepsi and oh yes!, beer.
He once had a paddock mate that ate a cheeseburger, quite by accident of course, but it was quite savoured.
I am sure he will eat anything he can get his face into.

Cheers,
Susan B.
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Sherri L. Hueser
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 - 10:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sheesh! All these horses with such refined palates. My horses turn up their noses at everything but the usual hay, grass & oats. I guess they would be the horse equivalent of a 'meat & potatoes' person!
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Holly Z.
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Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 - 10:31 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My little mustang goes nuts for carrots but turns his nose up at apples and potato chips. He's investigating the apples though and we might have a breakthrough soon. It's so funny when they are checking out a new treat. Sniff with one nostril, sniff with the other to make sure the smell hasn't changed, play with it with the lips to check consistency and maybe he'll take a bite. My QH loves anything you have. He'll even stop hikers to check for treats. What a clown! Gotta love em.
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Sandra Ross
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Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 - 12:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

would you believe radishes?
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Elizabeth Donahue
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Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 - 5:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

M&M's
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Laura Miller
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Registered: 2-2004
Posted on Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 - 6:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I used to own a TB gelding that loved Fried Chicken! Boneless of course!!
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Leslie Strouse
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Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 - 7:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Chewing tobacco....Beechnut to be precise. My mammoth donkey Pete has taken more than one pouch out of back pockets over the years.
We also found our horses enjoyed hard boiled eggs. When we had chickens we had an over abundance of eggs and did not know what to do with them. I checked with our vet and he said as long as they were boiled (to prevent binding of vitamin B12) they would be ok. Thankfully they did not beg for the bacon and toast too.
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Colleen Goolsby
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Post Number: 160
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Monday, Mar 29, 2004 - 8:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Leslie
I wouldnt want to be anywhere near their rear end when those boiled egg farts let loose!
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Leslie Strouse
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Post Number: 46
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 - 3:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Can you imagine what they would be like if they had hard boiled eggs, bananas and beechnut all in the same day? And these were the Belgians too!!
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Colleen Goolsby
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Post Number: 170
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 - 7:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I hope I never find out. The regular ones are plenty stinky!
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