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    08-20-2012, 05:02 PM
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We like to put the horses in the back yard once in a while to eat the grass, especially since the pasture is burned up. My yearling has discovered the apricot tree, he eats them off the ground and when he can't pick one up, he'll eat them off the tree. I am concerned that this is not good for him and especially concerned that it will lead to colic. Am I right to be concerned about this? Or am I just an overly cautious mommy?
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    08-20-2012, 05:07 PM
Apricots are fine, just make sure the horse doesn't have a problem with the pits. I'd also restrict his intake. Too much of any fruit can colic them.
    08-20-2012, 05:17 PM
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Be careful to monitor that your horse doesn't eat apricot leaves (especially the young ones) and apricot pits - those can be very poisonous, even fatal to horses.
    08-20-2012, 05:24 PM
Thanks for the confirmation that I wasn't worried for no reason.
    08-21-2012, 03:31 PM
Let's also hope that none of the apricots he's eating off the ground have fermented. Nothing sillier than a drunk horse...
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    08-21-2012, 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by dee    
Let's also hope that none of the apricots he's eating off the ground have fermented. Nothing sillier than a drunk horse...
a drunk YOUMG horse....He's a yearling so he's silly anyway.

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