It looks good, it tastes good, and it’s good for your horse … who could ask for more?
Horscotti, which you may remember from our feature in Issue 5 (find it here), boasts a wide range of flavoured snacks that are safe for horses with a range of dietary restrictions and health conditions.
They are trendy treats that start at $5 a bag (you can also get larger containers and cookie jars full as well!). Stylishly designed they are not only great horse treats, but they look great just sitting on the tack room shelf. There are five flavours to choose from: Apples & Honey, Sweet Molasses, Peppermint Crunch, Sugar Free, and Variety Bits (a mix of Apples & Honey, Sweet Molasses, and Peppermint Crunch) . They are also 100% all natural with absolutely no preservatives. Simple ingredients (all of which you can name) make them a safe snack for most horses, and they look so good I was tempted to try one myself! They are a dry snack, which also means that they last a lot longer than many other treats and no sticky hands after feeding (bonus!).
After meeting the lovely founder of Horscotti, Alexandra Nisker, at the Ontario Has Talent Second Annual High Tea and Fashion Show, I set out to test the palatability of these lovely snacks with one particularly fussy eater.
Armed with a handful of treats from the variety bits collection, I headed out to the barn. The would be taste tester, a lovely older gelding I ride regularly, who is a bit of a finicky treat eater. Not a fan of sugar cubes and a bit sceptical about Krunch, I wasn’t sure how he would take to these new crunchy snacks.
To say I’ve never seen a horse consume a snack with such speed and enthusiasm would be an understatement.
The traditional approach this horse takes to treats is a pensive one. He generally sniffs it, thinks about it, waits, considers some more, and then finally eats it. There is very little anticipation or eagerness about the whole endeavour.
Except in this instance of course.
I initially provided him with a small portion for inspection, and he considered it in his usual manner. Following that first piece he eagerly took the second one, and by the third I was trying to fend of his attempts to nose his way into the bag which I had in my other hand. So I’d say they were a success.
The other horses in the barn, which got a taste as well, shared a similar enthusiasm and enjoyment.
Picky horse approval was all I need to be confident in saying these are quality horse treats. Horscotti is definitely a must have for your favourite horse (or barn full of them). They are a great snack to spoil your horse with on occasion (or all the time), while also being conscious of his/her health (cause they’re all natural).
I’ve never seen that horse so excited for a snack since I first met him. They will definitely be my go to treat when I want to show my appreciation to this gelding after each lesson. Plus, they look like such ritzy horse treats at such a non-ritzy price, who can complain about that?
So make sure you head over to the Horscotti website to get some for your favourite horse. Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t spoil your horse (or get them a late Christmas present)!