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  • Carrot tops for horses toxic
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    10-09-2008, 12:32 AM
Unhappy Dumb question?????

Are the green tops of a carrot poisonious?? I have been told by some that it is toxic to a horse and other say no it is perfectly fine, WHICH is it Please??
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    10-09-2008, 12:44 AM
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Hmmmm don't know the answer to that one...i know my horse has eaten em before, but I usually just break em off (there's usually only a stubb on the ones I buy).
    10-09-2008, 03:12 AM
I haven't heard that before hmmm well... I gave our horses a whole heap about a year ago. None of them died so I'm guessing carrot tops are not highly toxic; but just because our horses didn't get sick doesn't mean the carrot tops wouldn't be harmful if eaten regularly in sufficient quantities. Not sure about this one...
    10-09-2008, 04:43 PM
Actually, if you think about it, horses are designed to eat the forage above ground, not the root. So if anything, the carrot root would be harder on them then the greens. I have never heard of the greens being toxic. We used to give all of them to our horses when we dug up the garden in the fall.
    10-09-2008, 05:17 PM
I've heard that too, but northernmama has a good point. I'm thinking they aren't.
    10-09-2008, 11:12 PM
Why not place a call to the vet on this one? I've given Major whole carrots before too...but as someone pointed out...it may be a whole other thing when it comes to eating them on a regular basis.a friend of mine had a horse in her pasture..the horse lived there for months. She cut down a tree in the pasture and left it. After it died the horse ate the leaves and it ended up killing the horse. Come to find out..the horse eating a few of those dead leaves didnt hurt it..but after it was cut down and the horse had access to the dead leaves all the time..it basically poisoned her. I think it was a cherry tree...although im not sure. The point is (in my long story..sorry) you can't go by whats safe here and there.

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