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    01-21-2010, 06:32 PM

We have pear and apple trees near our farm. Sometimes on trail rides, we take a break by them and I was wondering if that was ok for them to have one. I know apples are ok (not the greatest from the sugar) but I wasn't too sure about the pears. Our horses also like pretty much all types of fruit and veggies once in a while. They like oranges, bananas, pumpkin, grapes, one likes broccoli, etc. (Just for treats once in a while and not as a replacement for food.) Is it ok to let them eat these kinds of food? Is there any particular type that is very bad for them? Thanks!
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    01-21-2010, 06:36 PM
I've never heard of pears being bad for horses.... As long as none of them are rotten I don't see why not. I usually stick to putting treat in my pockets to give to the horses during rides instead of letting them pick stuff up on the way. But that just me.
    01-21-2010, 06:40 PM
We don't let them pick them up by themselves, we are allowed to pluck them off of the tree. (One for your horse and one for you)
    01-21-2010, 06:52 PM
I was mainly wondering if there were any fruits/veggies that are horrible for horses? Does anyone know of any?
    01-21-2010, 08:26 PM
I own an orchard and pears ripen before apples so my horses get pails of pears for a few weeks. I never worried about them and feed maybe 6 per horse. When the apples ripen I throw 8 in my horses grain bucket at a time or a water pail for 4 horses in the field.
    01-21-2010, 08:36 PM
I feed my horses apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and almost every type of fruits and veggies. Mine even spit out the pits somehow, even the cherry ones. The only veggies I've ever been told were bad for horses are tomatoes and potatoes.
    01-21-2010, 09:23 PM
Lol ok! Thank you, I'll make sure I don't give him potatoes and tomatoes! I'm glad I am not the only one who feeds veggies lol. Some people think that it is weird, but they like veggies and they are healthy!
    01-21-2010, 09:31 PM
My guys also like pepper mints, donuts and some french fries. I have lots of cherries but I would be afraid of breaking a tooth on the pits, same with the plumes.
    01-21-2010, 09:36 PM
Lol: I'm seeing a horse taking a bite out of a donut! Our horses like peppermints, too. Comanche's favorite are actually skittles :) He can hear you open a bag of skittles a mile away (and he preffers the green ones lol)!
    01-21-2010, 09:38 PM
Green Broke
Interesting because potatoes and tomatoes are not good for me either! Too many of either makes too much of Tess!

Mine will eat practically anything you put in front of them. I usually limit it to apples, carrots, celery, pineapple, raisins , craisins, papaya (all in a trail mix) , yes peppermints and can you believe it, coffee, somewhat cooled.

Forgot, pumpkins.

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