More than 1,900 readers of responded to a poll asking, “What treats do you give your horses?”

results of poll on giving horse treats

Results were as follows: 

  • Carrots 79.53% (1,570)
  • Horse biscuits/packaged treats 59.73% (1,179)
  • Apples 68.64% (1,355)
  • Mints 35.31% (697)
  • Other 25.38% (501)
  • None 4.15% (82)

Readers shared what their favorite treat to give their horses are in the comments below.

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  • apples
  • mints
  • corn on the cob
  • Herbal packaged treats
  • apples
  • insulin resistance minimizes the treats and is limited to vegetables only, no more cookies or candy
  • carrots
  • Apples
  • bread, watermelon, strawberries, an occasional glazed yeast donut or cinnamon swirl/bun/bread
  • Low sugar/starch horse cookies.
  • Apples
  • nature vallet sweet and salty peanut butter bars
  • Peperm