apples - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 08:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,332
• Horses: 1
My horse LOVES the tart green apples. He will take a chunk and suck and suck and suck away on the piece of apple. He won't turn his nose up at a red one though.

No, you can't rely on anything in or on an apple to act as a kind of dewormer for a horse.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
DancingArabian is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 09:23 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Posts: 1,516
• Horses: 2
You should have horses like the two I have now. They won't eat apple. Put it in their mouth and they'll drop it out. They don't like candy either. In the beginning I had great fun with the ladies at the stables who bring apples and mints as treats for their horses. They'd ask if they mine could have one and I say sure, but they won't eat it. They wouldn't believe me until they tried. One girl did get my youngest mare to take a mint one day and was all excited because she took it and immediately bit it as she took it and the girl happily said.."see, she likes it" as the horse immediately after biting let the two pieces dropped to the ground and she was licking her tongue around like she was trying to get rid of the taste .

Did get one of them to eat a bit of carrot once, but normally they won't eat that either. Their idea of a treat is some hay pellets. They'll eat those like it's horse candy. Of course if I could compress their copra into pellets they'd probably walk on hot coals for it. I believe the oldest would charge the gates of hell if she thought she there was a bucket of copra on the other side for her. I've never seen horses love a feed so much, but oh does it put weight on them.

But I digress (nothing new there ). Apples. As already mentioned there's not a difference between the sugar (we'll call it sugar for this purpose ). There are some differences between some apples, but it has more to do with the specific type and not the color. Most green apples are tart, so the acid that does that tends to make them seem less sweet (same with tart red apples). Horse, like people will have preferences (I like mine that don't care for apples).
loosie likes this.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
its lbs not miles is offline  
post #13 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 09:35 PM
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: New England
Posts: 10,488
• Horses: 3
Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Don't know if there's a true difference in sugar content between ripe green or red apples, but reds certainly taste a lot sweeter.

Anything like this in small doses is generally fine IMO, BUT being high in sugar, they may be too much for an IR or 'laminitis prone' horse to cope with even in small doses, so feed judiciously.

I generally cut into cubes for the horses, as one is IR & they're both a bit overweight, so they get 'more but less' - I can give them a fair few treats each & they haven't had much.
I'm glad you mentioned this.. apples which I have always considered healthy are now off the table for one of my horses. Just so sensitive to sugars.. So while it may not be as bad as some things it can cause issues even in small amounts to the right horse. Perfectly fine in normal amounts but there are always exceptions. I never thought I'd have a vet tell me I couldn't give my horse an apple..!
loosie likes this.
Yogiwick is offline  
post #14 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: país de caballo
Posts: 161
• Horses: 0
Posted via Mobile Device
elbandita is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hedge apples? floyd2012 Horse Health 4 09-09-2012 07:15 PM
Attack Of The Killer Apples! MIEventer Horse Videos 12 07-14-2011 12:35 AM
apples & carrots jdaues Horse Health 7 09-04-2008 04:38 PM
Hedge Apples Vidaloco Horse Health 2 07-22-2008 05:05 PM
Apples and Carrots melinda27858 Horse Health 8 03-07-2008 10:48 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome