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post #1 of 26 Old 11-24-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Horse snacks: thought this was interesting, a must read!

I found this on HGS and thought I would share.

Oddities often consumed by horses on pasture.

No problem, assuming fairly limited quantities and otherwise balanced ration:

• Dandelion
• Thistle (NOT Russian Knapweed or yellow star thistle–Centaurea spp)
• Sunflower seeds and plant
• Peanut plants
• Raspberry/blackberry bushes
• Wood/bark of most trees (NOT Prunus spp or black walnut or locust)

Potential problem if eaten in large quantities:

• Buttercup
• Morning glory
• Pokeweed
• St. Johnswort
• Gum-weed
• Astragulus and Oxytropis spp/(vetches and locoweed)
• Avocado leaves
• Bracken fern
• Most bulb type flowers (tulip, iris, etc.)
• Wilted red maple leaves
• Acorns/new oak leaves

Avoid at all costs (Lethal or severe toxicity potential)

• Lily of the Valley
• Larkspur
• Tomato or potato plants
• Rhubarb leaves and roots
• Poison hemlock
• Foxglove
• Leafy spurge
• Mustards
• Jimsonweed
• Alsike clover
• Blue flax
• Sorghum (Johnsongrass and Sudan grass)
• Oleander
• Privet
• Japanese Yew (all Taxus spp)
• Azalea
• Rhododendron
• Mountain Laurel
• Pits of peaches, cherries, or avocados
• Horsechestnut
• Russian Knapweed or yellow star thistle–Centaurea spp

Potential Treats
Perfectly acceptable treats (fed in limited quantities (<1-2 lbs/feeding)

• Carrots, apples, grapes
• Bananas
• Peas
• Green beans
• Lettuce
• Celery
• Dried beans, such as pinto, red, fava (however should be cooked or heat treated)
• Watermelon rinds
• Squash
• Mangoes (not the seeds)
• Raisins
• Bread/bagels/cake (NOT if they contain chocolate or poppy seeds)
• Pasta, macaroni
• Potato chips and potato products…(do not give raw potatoes to pregnant mare it is toxic……gives them blood poisoning).
• Rice products (not raw rice)
• Barley products
• Corn products
• Dairy products
• Eggs
• Fruit juices
• Hot dogs, hamburgers, tuna fish, ham or even roast beef sandwiches!
• Most dog and cat foods
• Zucchini
• Watermelon
• Parsnips
• Pumpkin

Beware large quantities, but probably acceptable in very small amounts (<2 to 4 ounces/day)

• Cabbage, broccoli, kale, chard, collard greens, brussel sprouts
• Spinach
• Rhubarb stems (NOT the leaves or roots)
• Garlic and onions (large amounts may cause anaemia) When lower doses are consumed on a regular basis, or Large amounts are consumed this may cause anaemia...(the same goes for onions.... to much can cause anaemia).
• Turnips
• Radishes
• Avocado (NOT skins or seeds)
• Lathyrus spp. beans (India)
• Sunflower seeds
• Sugar candies such as jelly beans, gummy bears, peppermints, etc.

Safe in very limited quantities BUT WILL CAUSE POSITIVE DRUG TESTS

• Morning glory plants
• Sassafras
• Willow leaves and bark
• Yucca
• Tobacco (consumed, not inhaled)
• Valerian root
• Carrots in very large quantities only (over 5 lbs day)!
• Persimmons (seeds also may cause impaction)
• Chocolate in any form
• Liquorice?
• Cinnamon products
• Nutmeg
• Hot pepper/chilli flavoured products (Nacho chips, etc)
• Non-decaffeinated coffee or tea in any form
• Caffeinated sodas
• Alcoholic beverages?
• Some dog/cat foods (Beware “bakery waste” as an ingredient-may contain chocolate)

There are obviously a wide range of things that our horses may enjoy consuming, not all of which are good for their health. Many horses would refuse to even sniff many of the items listed above. Knowing which potential treats are safe, at least in limited quantities, is important for horse owners. You never know what might be offered to your horse!
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post #2 of 26 Old 11-24-2010, 07:39 PM
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I didn't know horses could eat bananas I may try that
and Carrots can make them test postive for drugs!?? that is unusual
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I know!! I don't know anyone who feeds 5lbs of carrots a day LOL
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My horse loves, watermelon, and tea. When he coliced the first time we could only get him to drink gatorade and tea. He also likes sweet potatoes, and strawberries but i didn't see strawberries on there. Oh and he loves sour punch straws and any flavor slush! Actually he will eat almost anything. I've found it weird but he hates salt! I thought for sure he would eat my french fry but he spit it out and my friends horse sucked all the salt off than spit the fry out.
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Interesting. My ones friend horse is insane. He eats anything. He's even eaten a Big Mac, and loved it!!!
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A Big Mac? LOL. That's hilarious.
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My horse LOVES bananas! I only give him the inside, is it okay for them to eat the peel? I've always assumed no, just to be safe, but I'd love to know if it is!
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Cinder likes peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches. It has to be grape though, not strawberry or anything else :roll:

Horses are like therapy ~ and almost as expensive
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Originally Posted by RedTree View Post
I didn't know horses could eat bananas I may try that
and Carrots can make them test postive for drugs!?? that is unusual
Apparently bananas can calm stomach aches and ulcer-related problems. I can't remember who said that, but I had a thread I started a week or so ago because my mare has ulcers. Someone said to give her bananas.
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