Take the Peeps Taste Test


Peeps can make a great treat for your horseNo doubt you’ve seen them invading store shelves. We’re talking about Peeps, those much maligned sugar-crusted candy treats, formed by contorting a marshmallow mixture into a mold that resembles a variety of springtime creatures. They have everything from blazing blue bunny peeps to the classic yellow chick peep.
While you may or may not enjoy discovering peeps in your Easter basket, many horses seem to relish the treat. It may not be a good idea to foist a whole peck o’ peeps into your horse’s manger, but there doesn’t seem to be any harm in allowing a horse—or pony—to snack on one or two. Or three. Try a Peeps taste test in your barn and see if your horse has a sweet tooth for the seasonal oddity. Maybe your horse will be among the few peep connoisseurs in the world!

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Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.



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