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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Winnies Cookies

Hi Dr. Getty,
I was curious what you thoughts are on Winnies Cookies. I'm looking for a healthy treat for my 7 year old gelding who doesn't like carrots.

Right now he is being fed a alfalfa/grass hay diet twice a day but nothing else. I plan to start him on Farnam's Platform Pleasure (my feed store doesn't carry Safe Choice). He is being lightly worked and has 24/7 turn out on a large dry lot. Would feeding the Winnies Cookies overdo it along with feeding the Platform Pleasure?

Thanks. Lori

Where are you from? Wyoming

How did you locate this forum? search

Re: Winnies Cookies

Hi Lori,

The Winnie's Cookies are not really a treat -- they are a vitamin/mineral supplement that you give to horses like a treat. So, you're right to be concerned about adding them to a complete ration like the Platform feeds.

If you feed the Platform feeds according to directions, you will not need to add this "cookies." But, if you stick with the hay diet only -- then this supplement may be a good idea. (I'm not definitive with my response about that because I cannot find the exact nutrient analysis, but in general, a good multiple vitamin mineral supplement is worthwhile to add to fill in gaps with your hay-only diet).

If you're looking for actual treats, I like to offer Galloping Gourmet Elite Horse Treats once in a while.

All the best,

Dr. Getty