From chocolate to bread to fruit, It’s tempting to want to feed our horses all the treats that we enjoy. And many horses aren’t picky they may very well eat anything we try to feed them. But which treats are actually safe and healthy to feed your horse?
Many fruits make safe treats for (most) horses, so long as you remove the pit and cut the fruit into appropriate, bite-sized pieces (to avoid choke). However, fruits should only be fed in small amounts since too much could lead to sugar/starch overload (and possibly colic/laminitis). But with that said, here are a few safe fruits to feed in small amounts:
Please be aware that if your horse has a metabolic condition such as insulin resistance, you will want to limit the amount of fruit you feed, and you may want to avoid apples altogether.
Many veggies are safe and healthy to feed as well. Here are a few:
• sprouts (alfalfa, wheat, barley)
• sweet potatoes
Again, if your horse is insulin resistant, you may want to avoid feeding carrots.
You might hear that nuts/seeds aren’t safe to feed to horses, but there are actually a few which are.
• chia seeds
• roasted peanuts (never raw)
• sunflower seeds
Potentially Toxic Foods
These fruits/veggies could be dangerous to feed to your horse:
Likewise, these treats are not safe for horses:
• meat of any kind
• lawn clippings
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to safe treats to offer your horse. Fruits, veggies, and nuts are nutritious and many horses enjoy eating them, so give them a try if you haven’t already. And feel free to share your horse’s favorite healthy treat in the comments below!
*Casie Bazay is a freelance and young adult writer, as well as an owner/barefoot trimmer and certified equine acupressure practitioner. She hosts the blog, The Naturally Healthy Horse, where she regularly shares information on barefoot, equine nutrition, and holistic horse health. Once an avid barrel racer, Casie now enjoys just giving back to the horses who have given her so much. Follow Casie at www.casiebazay.com.