Many horses don't need help salivating while riding, or relaxing and chewing on the bit. Others, like Guinness, can use all the help they can get. He has a naturally dry mouth, unless stressed when strings of saliva will stream from his gritted teeth. (It's lovely. Really.) I decided at the start of the year to see if feeding him a bit of something could help him unlock his jaw, slobber, and chew some.
|Tense, dry mouth. Not pictured: streams of saliva.|
I tried sugar cubes for a time, but Picky Horse refused to eat them (typical racehorse). I could get him to take them with a slice of apple, but most of the time he would work the sugar cube around and spit it on the ground. Messy, and sticky. Also annoying.
|But! The days he would take the sugar and eat it, he would come up with some okay foam...|
|Just some of my massive candy haul...|
So, I decided to stick with candy corn and feed the rest of the candy to all the other horses. Over the last few weeks, I've slowly been getting him used to eating candy corn, and he is starting to really look forward to it. This is a huge breakthrough, as this animal is distrustful of anything that is fed to him. You'd think I regularly fed him poison.
The best part? Candy corn is really getting him to chew the bit and soften up. He was already getting better about this, but it's been instrumental in getting him to really foam up nicely and accept the bit even better. I am so excited I finally found something he'll eat! Now, to go hit up those awesome Halloween sales...
|Candy corn foam is awesome!|