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post #1 of 10 Old 07-25-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question about treats

I know you have to limit giving treats to a horse for the same reason you limit grains.... my question is do the same rules apply to real apples or carrots? I only give my horse 2-3 treats at a time (usually every time I go out to her so about 2-3x per day) but a friend gave me a big sack of apples today from her trees and I'm not sure how much I can let her have or if it matters.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-26-2013, 08:32 PM
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They sell bagged treats that are pretty small, so you can give those a little more freely. I would be careful about too many apples and such in one sitting. That could create a quick shift in diet that might upset the stomach.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-26-2013, 08:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I totally agree that you should be careful of the amount of apples you give. I give apple chunks sparingly and in colder months due to the sugar content (my mares are easy keepers) - I give carrot chunks, however, generously all year round, and always keep a big Sand Clear tub of them on hand to bring a pocketful out anytime. While doing groundwork, it's a very special treat when I give them the Dumor Apple and Carrot treats! They really strive to please when they know those are in my pocket :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-26-2013, 09:14 PM
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It's a pretty healthy and natural treat to feed. I wouldn't worry to much on what you give unless you're planning to feed half a bag at a time I would strongly suggest tho to cut the apples down to make it easier to eat and prevent choking, something I've seen happen a few times with apples.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-26-2013, 09:31 PM
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If you store the apples in a cool place they should last quite a while, especially if they are fresh from her trees- don't feed them all at once, maybe one apple a visit but cut it up to prevent choking. I was given a huge box of apples from a friend's orchard last year (the ones she picked off the ground) and I put them in big buckets with airtight lids in the cool feedroom of the barn, and they lasted several months into the winter. Just when you are going into the buckets to get them and you find any that are bruised or mushy at all toss them, as they will cause the others to spoil (one bad apple spoils the whole bunch is very true!)
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-28-2013, 12:12 AM
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Too much apples or corn can be bad for horses. Just like grain, it can really upset their system. Apples and corn can ferment in them and actually cause them to get intoxicated. It would take quite a bit but a few at a time would be ok. Carrots don't react the same way so they would just get a tummy ache from being full.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-28-2013, 07:47 PM
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We have an organic orchard so during apple season my pony gets fed A LOT of apples! Never had a problem with it. Though now she's been with us a few years she's not so keen on them anymore :P
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-28-2013, 09:24 PM
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I prefer to feed my horses apples and carrots rather than processed treats with artificial flavours and colours.

Too much of anything can be bad for a horse... As long as you are sensible you should be fine. Mine have had a 3kg bag of carrots between them and about 3 apples each (they were being used for pony rides at my god daughters bithday and the kid kept giving them apples and carrots)... neither of them were any worse for wear... Its fine on occasion, just not every day.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-28-2013, 10:45 PM
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Whenever I give my horse an apple, it's just AN apple. They have a good amount of pectin in them which aids in digestion, but I'm sure the sugar content could be bad in higher doses. I agree that they should be cut up, I've told my horse several times to chew his apple up good or I'm going in after it!

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-28-2013, 10:50 PM
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Natural sources of sugar is not the same as processed sugar. A body, human & horse has to process the sugar in apples and other foods and burns energy doing it, so it's a good thing.
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