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post #1 of 4 Old 12-14-2017, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Rosehip for horses

It is summer at the moment and the area I live in has a lot of Rosehip growing wild including on the land I graze. I have to go away for 2 wks for Christmas and have a friend who will be looking after my horse for me although she won't be riding her as she is recovering from a broken foot. My question is....is Rosehip fattening, I'm worried about founder mostly, she has never foundered before but I worry the free range Rosehip could be a problem, there's way too much of it to do anything about this late in the game too, unfortunately they've just come to that tasty for the horses stage just as I am about to go away and she won't be getting exercised are horses likely to gorge on Rosehip and have too much? She has a huge 15 acre hilly paddock to forage so gets a bit of a work out just going over the hills to get to the trough but I'm worried that won't be enough.
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From reading as I just did I found rosehips are high in sugar....to much of that can create some metabolic issues if the horse has any predisposition to problems.
A little is good, to much is not better it seems...

There are hundreds of articles and other threads about rosehips throughout the internet...
Full of information, fact, fiction and opinions...
Most praise them, some do not...many offer caution in amount accessed.

Me, if possible I would limit just how much the horse has access to them to be on the safer side of healthy animal and care.

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11 grams sugar per pound average for wild rose hips and they'd have to work pretty hard to get that pound. There are about four cups of rosehips to a pound. It'd take a fair number. They're also pretty sour so most horses don't munch on them if there is good grass available. They are also mixed in pretty thorny branches/vines. If your horse is IR and you have a concern then you may want to do something to keep her away from them but if not I wouldn't worry. They are actually good for human diabetics and control spikes. Probably because they are a good fiber source.

Compared to an 11% NSC hay fed at 25lbs a day that provides 1.25 pounds (568 grams) of sugar and she would really have to gorge herself. At that point I'd be more worried about the runs as she'd be guaranteed to get them.

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What is the pasture like? I have lot of rose hips in areas, but my horses don't bother with them. I do worry when thistles are in bloom, as horses will selectively eat those flowers, thus mow those thistles. Much easier to nip off the tops of those thistles, then fight thorns to get rose hips !
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