11-30-2013, 08:57 PM
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YMMV= your mileage may vary
Nah, I feed them whole, apple seeds will not hurt a horse (or a human for that matter). Yes, they do have cyanide type compounds in them, but a horse or human would have to literally eat pounds of just apple seeds for it to be enough to cause an issue. By "whole," I suppose I really mean, he gets bites off an apple that I am done with. Unless we're at an endurance ride, where he does get them just dropped into his bucket, and he takes bites off of them himself. I always think it's funny how slobbery he gets if he eats more than a bite or two. Nutritionally, apples have some sugar and fiber, but horses have to eat quite a few to cause an issue, though like anything, too many at once can make them colicy (say, turning them out in a paddock with fruit trees and dropped fruit on the ground).
No, the pesticides used on apples, and most other fruit, are at far too low of a level and the wrong type to be 'helpful' in that way. :)