Originally Posted by riccil0ve
I would bet the horse's diet was not what you assume it was. I'm sure it ate more hay and not as many apples as you think. Unless you watched the horse all day, you have no real idea.
It is correct that too much sugar isn't good for a horse, but if the horse was healthy, it probably wasnt ingesting too much.
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Actually I was there all day everyday since I was feeding them for the owner and training one horse. The horses wouldn't touch the hay because it was 1st cut hay and the paddocks still had grass in September/October. I don't know exactly how many apples the one horse eate but I watched his owner open the gate and he ran to the tree and was gobbling them. There were 2 other horses on the property but one didn't seem too interested in the apples and the other horse was at the bottom of the pecking order so he had to wait until everyone else had their fill. The horse that eate the most apples was an OTTB so maybe he was just use to a diet high in sugar. The horses only got about 2lbs. Of grain twice a day. They got half a scoop in the morning and half a scoop at night from one of those big metal scoops. The grain was some kind of sweet feed mixed with safe choice. I think it was triple crown sweet feed. I was just surprised he could gorge on so many apples but then there's horses who get into feed bags and eat tons of grain without getting sick so I guess its a mystery.