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post #1 of 6 Old 07-14-2009, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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What veggies can I feed my horse?

My mum kindly saves all her carrot peelings and apple scraps for my horse to chuck in his feed, and as I was cutting up some veggies for dinner tonight I was wondering - what other vegetables cut-offs can I give him?
Reasons for this being to a) give him a bit of variety in his meals, b) some extra (if only a little) vitamins and nutrients and, c) save throwing away good food.
I know that potatoes are a no-go because of the starch, but is there anything else I should steer clear of?
I fed brocolli to mare mare before, and one time a turnip, which she thought was a carrot and was rather unamused when she realized mid-chew that it wasn't , with no ill side affects.
So as far as vegetables and horses are concerned, what good and what's not?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-14-2009, 09:19 AM
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well this is what I found by google :
  • Apples - they are relished by all horses
  • Barley - this should be boiled or soaked for at least two hours before feeding as it swells when wet, which prevents it swelling in the horses stomach which can cause problems. It can be fed dry if rolled and crushed first
  • Bran - is easily digested
  • Chaff - adds bulk to food and prevents the horse from bolting down its good too quickly
  • Cod Liver Oil - is a useful supplement to help build up resistance to disease
  • Eggs - these are a good source of protein and one or two fed daily can be useful to a hard-working horse
  • Horse nuts or mixes - these are specially prepared foods, comprising many of the basic feeds, there are different types designed to meet the nutritional needs of various horses with different exercising routines
  • Linseed - is high in protein and only a handful should be fed with a feed. It is poisonous raw so MUST be cooked first
  • Maize - this should be flaked and cooked to make it easier to digest
  • Molichaff or Mollichop - is a mixture of chaff and molasses, used to add bulk to the food and the molasses makes it more appetising
  • Oats - they are easily digested if fed crushed, rolled or cooked. They are a high energy food and excessive feeding of oats can cause exuberance in some horses
  • Root vegetables - such as beetroot, carrots, parsnips, swedes and turnips can be fed but in small quantities. They should be cut into strips, rather than round pieces as they can become lodged in the throat
  • Salt - fed in small quantities in the feed helps to aid digestion
  • Seaweed - is good for young horses

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From: Equine Recline - Safe and Unsafe Fruits and Vegetables for Horses


~ Apples
~ Apricots
~ Bananas
~ Beets
~ Blackberries
~ Blueberries
~ Carrots
~ Celery
~ Cherries
~ Coconut
~ Corn
~ Dates
~ Figs
~ Grapes
~ Grapefruit
~ Horseradish
~ Lettuce
~ Mangoes
~ Oranges
~ Peaches
~ Pe~ Raisins
~ Rutabagas
~ Squash
~ Strawberries
~ Sweet Potatoes
~ Tangerines
~ Turnips
~ Watermelon (both rind and pulp)ars
~ Pineapple
~ Plums
~ Pumpkin


~ Avocado
~ Onions
~ Potatoes
~ Persimmons
~ Rhubarb
~ Tomatoes
~ Any other members of the nightshade family which includes peppers
~ Broccoli or Cauliflower (may cause gas, which in turn may cause gas colic)

If in doubt, don't feed it And remove any pits.

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Great! Thanks guys!

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-16-2009, 11:00 AM
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While add variety may seem like a good idea you need to be aware that adding "extras" needs to be done in very small amounts so not to upset the delicate flora balance in their gut. Horse's do best on being feed the same thing every single day.

I would also be concerned if the horse had any history of being I/R, they wouldn't been the extra sugars that would come for fruit and some veggies.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-16-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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He only ever get small amounts - eg the peelings from a few carrots and a couple of apple cores. Whenever I change his feed I do it over a period of a week or more, starting off with just a handful of the new stuff and building from there.
I'm not looking to dump a whole lot of scraps in his feed, just a bit of this and that on occasion. But thanks for the warning

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