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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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what fruit/vegetable gives horses the most engergy?

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my boy's been a bit tired lately, and i've been feeding him a bit more food and everything, but just to balance that i want to give him some fruit too.
i was just wondering what fruits or vegetables (he eats pretty much anything) give horses the most energy without being so sugary that theyre bad for them?
ive read somewhere that dates are really good, but it seems a bit odd....

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 08:08 AM
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Rolled oats can give them energy. I like to give them apples and carrots just for the vitamns in them
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 08:38 AM
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I guess it would depend on the amount you are wanting to feed. I wouldn't suggest fruits and vegetables in any quantity to give energy.. Only as treats..

Why is he tired? If it's hot there then he will be a bit lethargic, same as me. lol Tell us what you are feeding now and what his level of activity/work is.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 12:55 PM
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I second Appyt, we need a bit more info.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 02:20 PM
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watermelon is good for keeping them cool in the heat...I have no idea why...but it seems to work...I usually dont feed more than a slice or two

i dont think carrots have much energy use...

berries have lots of antioxidants...

although honestly I don't think your supposed to feed more than a cup or two of any kind of fruit or vegetable to a horse...so you aren't going to get much nutritional value out of anything
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2008, 09:38 AM
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I agree, more info would be very helpful. It's possible he's even getting fed too much and is getting overweight and lethargic.
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