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post #1 of 12 Old 10-28-2009, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation ~ Poisonous Potatoes?

I have heard that potatoes are poisonous to horses? I just really want to know if this is true? And also how much they need to have before it's fatal?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-28-2009, 06:56 AM
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Did you read that in the agree/disagree game?

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-28-2009, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Did you read that in the agree/disagree game?
LOL. Actually I was the one who posted that one. My sister did a horsemanship course, and there she learnt that potatoes are poisonous to horses. I just wanted to find out from all of you what you think and if it's true.

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We grew up pretty poor. My horses got potato and carrot peelings and thought they were treats. Never had any problems, but don't know scientifically if they are poisnous or not.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 10:59 PM
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Potatoes are potentially poisonous as they are members of the nightshade family. Tomatoes and peppers are also thought to be. I don't know of any horse actually having problems from eating them, but most horses probably don't find them appealing. I think the most danger is from the green part of the plant rather than the fruit or veggie that we eat. However, it's probably not worth the risk, when they can eat most every other vegetable in your kitchen anyways. Sweet potatoes are fine, and actually quite nutritious for them. But with any treat, a little goes a long way. So a few bites might be fine, but several pounds could cause colic or even laminitis from the dietary disruption.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 11:15 PM
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Good question - well worth investigating! I had a gelding that LOVED fries... never seemed to bother him any

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 11:28 PM
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Just because your horse ate fries without mishap, doesn't mean another horse would fare as well. Just like people, they are individuals and have different levels of tolerance for toxins and disease. When I was a child I fed my pony hot dogs-the meat- and he never was sick from it, but I wouldn't feed them to any horse now. I was just a stupid, lucky kid back then. I just wanted to post that so that it wouldn't come off as an okay thing to do just because your horse tolerates fries. =)
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Just because your horse ate fries without mishap, doesn't mean another horse would fare as well. Just like people, they are individuals and have different levels of tolerance for toxins and disease. When I was a child I fed my pony hot dogs-the meat- and he never was sick from it, but I wouldn't feed them to any horse now. I was just a stupid, lucky kid back then. I just wanted to post that so that it wouldn't come off as an okay thing to do just because your horse tolerates fries. =)
I agree- I was that I had fed him some fries reading this about potatoes.. I didn't know

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LOL. Thanks everyone. I just wanted to know. It's scary how many things are dangerous for your horse. I mean there are too many to put onto a list!

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-30-2009, 10:11 AM
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Potatoes fall more into the 'probably not good to feed a lot of them' category than the 'OMIGAWD, they're POISON!' category.

Fed as a rare treat, they're not going to harm the average, healthy horse.
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