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post #1 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 6 Old 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).
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 03:12 AM
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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...

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 04:43 PM
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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.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 05:17 PM
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I've heard that too, but northernmama has a good point. I'm thinking they aren't.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 11:12 PM
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why not place a call to the vet on this one? ive 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 cant go by whats safe here and there.
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