Foods Horses Can and Can't Eat – equestroom

Foods Horses Can and Can't Eat


We all love giving our horses some treats and seeing them eat happily. But can you feed a horse everything? Of course, no.

Horses have a rather complicated digestion system which has bacteria and microbial of its own. Other than usual pasture grass, hay, and some grains, you can surely give your horse some treats. However, you should be careful. When choosing the treats, you should consider the health of your horse. Horses love eating almost any sweet thing you can offer them, they always ask more and more, but you should say no when it keeps asking even after you give enough amount of treats. Otherwise, the balance of the digestion system can be broken.

How many treats you should give? Well, obviously “not much”. A healthy horse should eat small amounts of food in frequent time periods. Treats interrupt their eating regularity.

Also pay attention to the horse’s chewing. Mostly the horse will chew whatever you give before swallowing it. Some horses tend to swallow small treats without chewing. We recommend you to slice the treats, especially bigger ones such as melons, into smaller pieces before feeding your horse.

Here are the safe vegetables and fruits that you can give your horse as treats:

Apple 

Raisins

Banana

Orange

Pear (without the core)

Plums (without the stone)

Peach (without the stone)

Cucumber

Melon and Watermelon

Carrot

Strawberries

Parsnip

Grape

Turnip

Grapefruit

Celery

 

And here are the unsafe vegetables and fruits that you should avoid giving them to your horse:

Potatoes

Tomatoes

Onions

Avocado

Cabbage

Rhubarb

Broccoli

 

 

You should avoid these as well:

Chocolate

Dairy products

Bread products

Any kind of meat products

 

You may wonder why horses cannot eat all these healthy looking food. As we mentioned above, the digestion system of a horse is complicated and delicate. They have a balanced system with the bacteria living in their body, but when you feed them with the food that can upset their digestion system, it may cause them more gas and pain. To keep them happy even after the treats, take what you give and how much you give into consideration.

 

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