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Is it bad to give your horse treats?

4 January 2012 No Comment
Is it bad to give your horse treats?
I know a few horses in the barn that could (and will!) run you over for a sugar cube, and I'm sure you do too. But is it healthy for them?Here's a safe list of treats for your horse, from http://www.gettyequinenutrition.com.

  • Apples
  • Apricots (without the pit)
  • Bananas (including the peel)
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates (pitted)
  • Grapes (and raisins)
  • Grapefruit
  • Lettuce
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peanuts (roasted, never raw)
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon (including the rind)

Did you know that high insulin levels can increase laminitis? Sugary and startchy treats can increase these levels. Here's some treats to use sparingly:

  • Apples
  • Bread
  • Candy
  • Carrots
  • Cooked Potatoes
  • Commercial treats made with cereal grains (oats, corn, barley, rice, wheat) and molasses

And did you know that horses are also sensitive to chocolate like dogs? Here are some more toxic treats:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Raw potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic (raw)
  • Spinach
  • Avocados
  • Milk products (grown horses are lactose intolerant!)
  • chocolate

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