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Horse treats – The ultimate hierarchy

horse treats
Written by Andrea Parker

I’ve  got carrots and apples aplenty, I’ve got liquorice and pellets galore, but I want more…. I want more horse treats. 

The human tells me that there has been a trend of late for ranking all sorts of things. But apparently no one bothered to rate horse treats? Clearly equine intervention is needed to correct this egregious error.

And it would seem that I am the horse for the job. I have spent several years, well actually a lifetime testing a wide array of treats. you could say that it has been my life’s work. 

So here it is the ultimate horse treat heirarchy:

1. Watermelon lollies (definitely not that mushy devil fruit) 

2. Licorice all sorts

3. Liqorice – Soft Darrel Lea only, don’t try to trick me with your el cheapo home brand liquorice

4. Barley sugars

5. Mandarines

6. Pears

7. Grand smith green apples only  – They go lower down the list if they aren’t cut up

8. Moloasse Burgers – there are exactly what it says on the tin. But beware, your human may try to hide medications in this delightful concoction – DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!!




20. Carrots – some might say that these are ‘basic’ and they would be right, But I’m not about to turn up my muzzle at them. 




999. Mints – Don’t care for these at all

You may have noticed that sugar cubes were not on the list, and while you may be thinking that this is an oversight I can assure you that it is not. Sugar cubes are what the human calls a training reward, so to me they are not a treat and therefore could not possibly have been considered for inclusion on this hierarchy.


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Andrea Parker

Andrea is an Adult Amateur dressage rider who competes at medium level on her 13-year-old mare Mon Ami. Andrea shares her journey through the equestrian world on her blog The Sand Arena Ballerina and is working on an equestrian podcast called Equestrian Pulse.