At Blair Candy, nothing makes our day more than hearing from our happy customers. However, for all the people we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years, we were always missing something – the candy-loving horse market! To be fair, we didn’t even know this demographic existed until we heard from Susie Stephens, one of our Tennessee regulars who has been known to place an order or two (or three…or four!) for our Red Bird Peppermint Sticks. As far as we knew, Susie had the freshest breath in the south! These oversized canisters of peppermints pack a minty punch with 240 sticks per container, and Susie is among their biggest fans. Well…we thought she was, anyway. As it turns out, she’s actually buying them for her horse. Yep, you read it right! These soft, melt-in-your-mouth treats are actually a favorite of Susie’s six year old Oldenburg Warmblood horse, Rohan. And he’s chomping at the bit to get to them. Literally!
Susie and Rohan are award-winning partners is a discipline known as Dressage. Susie explains Dressage as “dancing or ballet on horseback”. It is a difficult but beautiful sport appreciated for the athletic and graceful skills of both horse and rider. Anyone who has had the pleasure of training or simply riding a horse knows the importance of having a trust and connection with your horse. An emotionally-intelligent animal, horses, much like humans, can be headstrong and require that you ‘prove yourself’ before you earn their trust and affection. Susie uses the Red Bird Peppermint Sticks to help strengthen her bond with Rohan while treating him to refreshing candy that helps him to accept and chew the bit.
Rohan receives 2 peppermints prior to training, and 2 more when Susie has finished riding. As rewarding as training is, it is also a challenging endeavor, and the peppermint candies help Susie to attract and keep Rohan’s attention while also ensuring that the proper bit connection has been made. You’ll notice in the photo below, however, that Susie has to keep the container out of sight to keep it out of Rohan’s mind. His training can get a little off track if he spies the familiar canister!
Susie and her daughter Stefani Gianni, a Los Angeles-based actress, consider Rohan and his ‘horse brother’ part of the family, along with their ‘little brother’ Izzy, a beautiful Boxer who can’t seem to keep his paws off their peppermints, either. Susie did her homework to ensure that the peppermints were safe for the 4-legged members of her family before introducing them. And of course, just to be super sure, she also tested them on humans. Namely, herself and her daughter!
What offbeat ways do you have for making the most of candy? We’d love to hear from more people about where our candy is making an appearance!