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post #11 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 10:10 AM
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Mine don't get apples but they do get the occasional pear off the trees in my yard.
Both mine LOVE pears. We had a really good crop last year (2 or 3 buckets of asian pears noone in house eats, so they all went to horses), and they got 2-3 every day. This year we have nothing though... :(

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post #12 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 10:21 AM
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I normally cut them up because giving one horse the whole apple and leaving everyone else without a treat isn't right haha.

When I was about 7 a woman that boarded with us yelled at me for feeding a whole (small) carrot to a horse. She told me that the horse would choke and proceeded to break it into about 15 pieces lol. I think that was a little excessive, but I can see how a horse could choke, so I do break or cut up treats, just not to that extreme.
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I hold the apple and let them bite chunks off it:P
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After learning of this I cut the seeds from apples and always cut carrots with a flat side.
Apple seeds are mildly poisonous since they contain a cyanogenic compound called amygdalin
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Mine are all pretty polite and will take several bites of the apple from my hand instead of taking it all in one go, so no, I don't cut them up unless I'm splitting it between a few horses.
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After learning of this I cut the seeds from apples and always cut carrots with a flat side.
Apple seeds are mildly poisonous since they contain a cyanogenic compound called amygdalin
I've never heard of that before, but I always scoop the seeds out anyways when I slice them.

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After learning of this I cut the seeds from apples and always cut carrots with a flat side.
Apple seeds are mildly poisonous since they contain a cyanogenic compound called amygdalin
Huh. In all my years of apple feeding, I've never had one come.down with apple poisioning.

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Apple seeds are poisonous to everything if you eat ten pounds of them. No creature that isn't allergic to apples will die from eating the seeds out of an apple or two.

Ricci takes small, polite bites out of apples. I usually give her the first bite, and then let Gracie take a bite. My wee Gracie cannot get a purchase on the whole apple with her baby teeth, so hers have to be cut otherwise. I don't feed a lot of apples or carrots though because I seldom buy them, so it's a special treat provided to them, usually by the neighbors, lol.
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I don't cut anything up, I give them apples whole, and hold the end of the carrot so they can bite off of it.
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post #20 of 36 Old 10-06-2012, 12:33 PM
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1/4 them here too.. not worrying about choking really. just so i give them a bite at a time. never knew apple seeds were poisonous.
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