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post #1 of 4 Old 03-15-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Popcorn for ponies?

I got a bowl of popcorn to snack on while writing my paper (which I should be doing right now... ) and the question popped up (okay, lame pun); can horses have popcorn?

I'm about 99% sure it's fine, but I've never heard of/seen it being fed. People at my barn treat their horses with Froot Loops, so...

What about flavored kinds, like white cheddar or kettle corn, etc?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-15-2011, 06:37 PM
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Corn is very high in NSC and is not a good feed for horses at all. However, as a little treat, esp. well processed(as I would class popped), I can't imagine, unless the horse was severely sensitive, it would be a problem at all, flavoured or not.

Froot Loops....? Again, in tiny quantities, there's likely no harm & likely no worse than giving them any other horse type cookies, sweet feed or other junk food. If you're in the habit of giving treats regularly or for training or such, I'd use healthy stuff though. Mine just get their pelleted ration balancer as training treats, with the odd diced carrot as a special.
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-15-2011, 10:49 PM
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Giving your horse a bit of popcorn here and there isn't going to hurt them.

My one gelding loves licorice, scotch mints are a hit in our barn for most the horses, my guy has had sips of coke from my can ,
He absolutely LOVES cheese...go figure.
I also have a boarders horse that wont touch any food item, carrots, apples, heck even sugar cubes and they turn up their nose. Such a silly girl.

Obviously you wouldn't feed large quantities of these things to a horse, but a little nibble here and there....meh...

*fruit loops...love it! IL have to try that with Baker and see if he likes it...cant imagine why not he eats anything I put in front of his face really...lol

Horses are like chips...you can never just have one
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-16-2011, 03:28 AM
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I would not recommend feeding corn to your horse in general but popped corn's starch becomes gelatinized which increases absorption in the small intestine. That makes it a little better than feeding regular corn ;)
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