Examples like those above kinda make me cringe. I'm sure there's lots of treats we give to our horses that aren't exactly good for them. I've heard of things like soda, beer, all sorts of candy (sweet, chocolate, crunchy, salty, etc), chips, and so on. Peppermints & sugar cubes are long time favourites. Other traditional, and probably healthier, treats include apples & carrots.
Something I find interesting about treats is how some people just assume all horses will eat them. I've read plenty of articles/blog posts/comments on horses that have been "rescued" and how the poor thing didn't even know what a carrot/apple/peppermint was!
(the term rescue is a bit of a sore point with me, not every horse that comes from a not perfect situation is a rescue!)Some horses just don't like those treats. My little Odin will not eat ANY treat so far. Trust me, I wish he would. It might make some training things a bit easier. For example as soon as Tavi found out he got to eat cookies if he walked into the trailer calmly he was going in & out like a pro.
Until a couple years ago none of my horses would eat carrots. Now they'll eat them, but only the 'baby carrots'. And if you even try to offer them an apple or a peppermint they'll just look offended and turn their noses away lol Horse cookies on the other hand will get you plenty of attention!
My horses get a cookie once they're haltered. After working they'll get a pail with some cookies and/or carrots or if they're put into the tie stall they'll have their cookies/carrots put in the feeder.
So what do you give your horses for treats? Or are you a non treat person? Also do you feed treats by hand or from a pail?