I personally have a weird feeling about feeding my horse candy, or anything that isn't made to be fed to a horse. I snack on power and granola bars when I am horsin' around. My Boy always smells them and gets all sniffy and drools (well not real drool, probably just mental drool.) So one time I broke off a little nibble for him. That is about as extreme as I get when it comes to feeding him "people food." For him, it's strictly a snack diet of apples, carrots, and horse treats.
One the way to see My Boy yesterday, I stopped to pick up a bag of supplement at the farm store. While waiting for the cashier to ring me up, I looked at a big bag of what looked liked homemade horse cookies. I set them down and turned to sign my receipt, and the cashier handed me a little sample Ziploc of the very same treats.
They are called Bearstone Bites and are made in the Pacific Northwest, which is pretty neat. They are about the size of a fifty-cent piece and look very sticky with molasses (one of the ingredients.)
I took one of the Bearstone Bites when I went to fetch My Boy from the pasture. Here is a picture of me feeding it to him.
Notice you do not see the cookie? It was gone before I could snap the photo. Along with four of my fingers. I kid, I kid. I rarely feed my horse from my hand. I always put treats in his grain tub. I do not want to encourage him to be a nibbler. I only did it this time to get a picture.
I haltered My Boy and led him to the grooming area. And you know what he did on the whole walk there, and continued to do once I tied him up?
He licked and smacked his lips forever.
I could not tell if he liked them, or, if the sticky molasses was irritating him. I ended up giving him a handful of dandelions and once he chewed those, the smackdown ended.
They come in peppermint, carrot, and apple & oat flavors. My Boy isn't a fan of peppermint. I buy these because they say they are made of natural ingredients, are affordable, and I like the big tub. Once the tub is empty, it would be a good size to use for other things, like packing grain for traveling.
I think they look a little like doggie biscuits myself, but My Boy loves them. I take about 3 out every time I go catch him. I keep them in my pocket until he is haltered, then I put them in his grain bucket. Got to keep the incentive strong for a horse that is sometimes challenging to catch!
I do not think I will be taking My Boy sour patch kids, or licorice, or Popsicles (quick: what movie is that from?) anytime soon. But someday, if he's really lucky and I'm feel generous and it's a low-anxiety-about-horses-eating-people-food kind of day, I might be willing to introduce him to one of my favorite candies:
Wait, what am I thinking? I'm saving every last bottle cap for myself!