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What Flavor Do Horses Love Best? The Study Says…
Hello folks, Uncle Jimmy here. As a horseman and a manufacturer of horse treats, I have attended quite a few shows to say the least. At these shows I tried to learn what the other horse owners had to say about horse treats, boredom busters and flavors.
The fact that these are the very same people that I hope will be buying my products, “I LISTEN.” So for the sake of this article, I am going to stick to flavors.
From discipline to discipline, from experienced to inexperienced, I found that the stories were about the same. “My horse loves apple”, “mine won’t touch an apple”, “my horse loves carrot”, “my horse hates carrot”. The flavors go on and on and he or she loves this or he or she hates this or that flavor. However, the one flavor that 99% of the horseman agreed upon was PEPPERMINT.
I heard more stories about how their horse just had to hear that infamous paper rattle and they would start to whinny. I too can attest to their behavior wants they learn what follows the rattle of the paper. That being said, a lot of people have found that their horse responded the same way when rattling the cellophane from my Uncle Jimmy’s Squeezy Buns. OK, this is the only commercial that I will post today. LOL Sometimes I crack myself up.
Now that we have all agreed that peppermint flavored treats are your horses favorite, let’s take a trip across the Atlantic to the Merry Ol’ Land of England where Uncle Jimmy’s products are sold as well. You may be surprised to know that while you throw apples or carrots into you horses feed trough, the people in the UK throw in bananas.
What I found while spending time with horseman in the UK is that the South Hampton University’s Equine Behavior Centre in the UK did an actual taste test around 2006 headed up by Dr. Deborah Goodwin PhD. Their study discovered that the favorite flavors that horses prefer in order are: Fenugreek (an herb found in curry dishes), Banana, Cherry, Rosemary, Cumin, Carrot, Peppermint and Oregano. SURPRISE!!! Peppermint was actually seventh on the hit parade folks.
Well, that’s all I have to say about that subject so, if you have any comments, feel free to let me know. Be safe and happy riding!