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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2011, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Are Potatoes Ok To Feed To Horses?

I've heard that potatos aren't good to feed to horses. Why is this? I have never fed a full potato to any of my horses but I have fed potato skins. Are potato skins bad for horses too? My one pony loves potato skins and I feed them to him every now and then but I've never noticed anything wrong with him when he eats it. None of my other horses like potatoes though. Do some horses react to it and some not? And is it that some horses like them and some don't, or does my pony lack the realization that potatoes aren't good for him??

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-29-2011, 02:21 AM
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They are very starchy, maybe that's why. Green potatoes can be toxic. I never even thought of feeding potatoes.

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-29-2011, 02:38 AM
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Potatos are a member of the nightshade family = poisonous.

The potato part isn't toxic... but the leaves and other parts are. Just with that I would avoid feeding any parts even the edible stuff lol.
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I think it's a combo of above info - they're very starchy, which is not good, & leaves, stems n peel, esp if green, contain toxins.
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Ok, thanks!! :) I won't feed the peels to my pony anymore. He never really ate very much anyway. Nor very often. It was just occasionally, but I don't really want to risk it. Thanks again!!

OH!! Also, I have heard of feeding sweet potatoes. What's the difference that makes sweet potatoes ok to feed to horses but not regular potatoes?

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Ok, thanks!! :) I won't feed the peels to my pony anymore. He never really ate very much anyway. Nor very often. It was just occasionally, but I don't really want to risk it. Thanks again!!

OH!! Also, I have heard of feeding sweet potatoes. What's the difference that makes sweet potatoes ok to feed to horses but not regular potatoes?
Yeah, as the occasional treat, so long as they're not green, I reckon a very small amount of potato isn't likely to hurt. Sweet potatoes are not the same type of plant & so far as I know they're not toxic at all. They're also lower in starch than modern normal potatoes. However, they are still high in starch & sugar, so I'd be feeding them as a small treat too, not regularly or in much quantity. I cut carrots into slices or small chunks & give them as training treats sometimes. I would treat the sweet potatoes the same way... tho carrots are much cheaper.
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Talking Sweet potato plants

Both my mares absolutely love eating the sweet potato plants in the garden, haven't managed to grow any yet though.

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Be careful; potatoes are easily choked on, especally by horses prone to choke.
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ok thanks you guys!!

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I wouldn't feed them to my horse. Too risky.
And just because he eats them doesn't mean they aren't harmful , my dog would eat grapesor chocolate if I gave them to him but they are toxic so I won't do it. So even though they eat it is is not always safe.

(though, most of the time when horses are foraging and they have enough to eat they won't eat something toxic...toxic things usually taste bad to them)

Stick to stuff you KNOW is alright for them. Carrots ,apples,bananas even prunes

(Dillon LOVES prunes and they are low in the Glycemic index so they won't spike sugar) for those of you who have insulin resistant or cushings horses. Cherries without pits are alsogood for IR or cushings horses.

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