What’s Your Horse’s Favorite Flavor?

David Sanderson Equipment, Food, Preparation & Health

This article is excerpted from EquiSearch, written by Christine Barakat. Wouldn’t it be nice to know specifically what flavors your horse prefers? This is a great place to get some ideas on new foods that your horse may love!

Researchers set out to identify which flavors horses like best.

What flavors do horses prefer? Not those you might expect, according to a study from England. In taste tests conducted at the University of Southampton, fenugreek (an herb often used in curry dishes), banana and cherry topped the list of flavors preferred by horses, ahead of more traditional fare, such as carrot and peppermint.

In the first phase of the study, which lasted for 16 days, eight horses received their usual forage every day along with six small portions of feed, each infused with a different flavor. How much of each flavored feed was consumed and over what period of time was observed and recorded.

Of the 15 flavors, only 12 were eaten by all the horses. In the study’s second phase, the eight flavored meals that had been eaten most quickly were then presented to the horses two at a time in all combinations to discern which they liked best.

Analysis of the final data showed that the top eight flavors were, in order of preference, fenugreek, banana, cherry, rosemary, cumin, carrot, peppermint and oregano.

By modern standards the results may be surprising, but a review of different cultures and historical records suggests that equine predilections are fairly consistent, says Deborah Goodwin, PhD, who headed the study.

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