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    12-10-2013, 05:21 PM
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Foal
Potatoes?

So I've been trying to learn more about nutrition and I saw somewhere that boiled potatoes can help with putting weight on a horse. So I looked further into it and at this point I am terribly confused. Some sites say they should never be fed (raw or cooked) and others say they are fine as long as they are cooked.
So which is it?
     
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    12-10-2013, 05:24 PM
  #2
Showing
First, there are much better things that potatoes for putting weight on a horse, second, the amount you'd need would be exorbitantly expensive, and third, in order for a horse to eat them they'd have to be peeled and cooked.

Beet pulp, added oil, or even BOSS are much easier to deal with, more inexpensive, healthier for horses, and more readily available than potatoes.
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    12-10-2013, 05:29 PM
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I'm thinking they would be expensive nowadays to use but in wartime when grain was in short supply people fed boiled potatoes to their horses - my grandmother and her sisters had driving cobs and she often told me that was how they kept weight on them - they grew the potatoes themselves - the UK is good potato growing country!!!
     
    12-10-2013, 05:30 PM
  #4
Trained
Potatoes and their skins are better fed to chickens. Plus a potato is great for a teething puppy.
     
    12-10-2013, 05:39 PM
  #5
Green Broke
There are many things that people suggest to help horses. This is the first that I've heard of giving potatoes. I've heard of beer, and raw eggs.

I would be cautious about potatoes. Aren't they high in starch? That is not good for horse if I understand correctly.

I second using beet pulp. It is a step between hay and grain. It won't cause colic or founder. Some say it can cause choke but that is only if your horse inhales it's food. You should soak it but with hot water, that only takes about 1/2 hour. You can't feed too much unless the horse won't eat it.
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    12-10-2013, 05:48 PM
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Super Moderator
They are very high starch - the difference between now and those days is that the horses weren't kept as pets doing a few hours light work a week but were worked hard.
     
    12-10-2013, 07:02 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks!!
     
    12-27-2013, 06:48 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
First, there are much better things that potatoes for putting weight on a horse, second, the amount you'd need would be exorbitantly expensive, and third, in order for a horse to eat them they'd have to be peeled and cooked.

Beet pulp, added oil, or even BOSS are much easier to deal with, more inexpensive, healthier for horses, and more readily available than potatoes.
UGH! This thread brought back a very unpleasant memory.
About fifty years ago there was a woman (not from MY barn) who it was said that she was trying to get her TW to eat potatoes to gain weight. When he wouldn't I was told that she whipped him.

Poor poor WH.
     



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