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        12-05-2013, 08:48 PM
    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.
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        12-05-2013, 09:23 PM
    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).
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        12-05-2013, 09:35 PM
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    Originally Posted by loosie    
    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..!
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        12-05-2013, 11:31 PM
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