The Candy Corn Challenge (with Apologies to Dr. Seuss)
By Lynn Isenbarger
Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery wrote on her blog that she had discovered that some people do not like candy corn. One of her blog readers posted in response that her real horses loved the Halloween treat, and Jennifer decided to see if her horses liked it, too.
They did. And so Jennifer challenged invited those of us with access to both horses and candy corn to try a little experiment and see if our horses liked candy corn, too.
Well, I was up to the challenge, and I figured Abby would be as well. Her favorite treat is a freshly unwrapped candy cane; since both sweets have a high content of sugar, I figured that Abby would quickly snarf up those little kernels of candy corn goodness.
As usual, she came up to the paddock at a fast clip, eager to say "hello" and to see what I had brought her. I held my hand out with two candy corns in it and she lipped them up without even smelling them. (Such trust in me!)
Then she gave me a dirty look when she realized that they were something new and not what she had been expecting. That face!! I could not help but think of my favorite Dr. Seuss story, Green Eggs and Ham. So, with apologies to him: "I'm not sure I like them, Mom-I-Am."
She chewed thoughtfully for a moment, considering if she liked the taste or not, just as the main character in the book did.
Then Abby's face brightened, and she eagerly put her head over the wooden bars of the paddock fence.
"Say!! I like them, Mom-I Am! I do! I do like candy corn!"
"And I will eat them from your hand,"
"And I will lick you where you stand!"
"I would eat them off the ground,"
"And I sure would like another pound!"
"They are so good, so good, you see! Thank you, thank you, Best Mom-You-Be!"