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  • Will it hurt a horse to eat acorns
  • Are acorns bad for horses to eat

 
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    10-15-2010, 12:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy My horse is eating acorns!

Hi, My horse is eating acorns. I think he is only eating a few but I saw about 3-6 acorns crunched up in his "waste"
Is this ok? I am going to move fields by tomorrow hopefully if I can get in contact with the yard owner. All the fields have oak trees but if my horse has a field to himself then I can put hay in there (don't want other horses eating the hay) and I can rake the acorns up everyday.
But is it ok for a horse to eat 3-6 acorns??
Im really worried.
     
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    10-15-2010, 01:13 PM
  #2
Trained
The toxicity of acorns (and oak leaves) varies by oak variety and how long they have been on the ground, but eating a few is not going to hurt your horse. All the horses around here munch on acorns this time of year. The best thing you can do is to insure your horse has as much hay/forage as possible in their gut. That will reduce any harmful effects from the acorns.
     
    10-15-2010, 01:21 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
The toxicity of acorns (and oak leaves) varies by oak variety and how long they have been on the ground, but eating a few is not going to hurt your horse. All the horses around here munch on acorns this time of year. The best thing you can do is to insure your horse has as much hay/forage as possible in their gut. That will reduce any harmful effects from the acorns.

Ok, He has plenty of hay in the night as he is coming in now due to the winter. They don't have a lot of grass in the field though. I am asking the owner if I can put hay in the field as there is hardly no grass. That might be why he is going for the acorns. I can't keep him in the stable in the day though as he will take the stable door down! Lol
     
    10-15-2010, 01:34 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by horse0912    
that might be why he is going for the acorns.
Our mares have free choice hay all the time, but they seem to enjoy the acorns as a 'dessert'. They always head for the acorns after filling up with hay.
     

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