We all love to treat our horses, and while some treats are good for horses, other treats that we might think of as “harmless” can actually be toxic to horses.
It is important to understand what you can safely feed your house as a special treat and what you should not give to your horse in order to protect their health.
Many fruits and vegetables are good for horses and are safe for them to consume. However, some of them are actually quite bad for horses and it’s important to know the difference.
Focus on Fresh Fruits for Healthy Horses
The large majority of fruit is safe for horses to eat, in moderation of course. Fruits including bananas, berries, apples, grapes, peaches, pineapples, and many more are safe treats for horses.
If you are snacking on a piece of fruit and want to give some to your horse, go ahead! If you are going to give your horse an apple, a common treat for horses, make sure you remove the apple cord and any seeds.
- If possible, cut the apple into slices as you would do for yourself. Remove the pits and cores of fruit in order to make them safe.
Be Very Aware and Cautious of Veggies for your Horse
Unlike fruit, the majority of vegetables are not safe for horses to eat.
Compared to fruit, there are very few safe options.
For instance, avocados, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and many more vegetables are unsafe and even toxic for horses to consume.
There are several veggies that are safe for horses including: carrots, squash, celery, and green beans, and lettuce.
- However, the majority of vegetables are not safe for a horse to consume as a treat and you should be sure that the vegetable you are giving your horse is safe before doing so.
If your horse has a special diet or health issues, make sure that you are only feeding them what you are instructed to. These horses should only be consuming what has been deemed safe for them through their veterinarian.
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