Safe Fruits and Veggies for Horses
In an effort to provide a more natural diet with REAL food, I’ve been giving my horses more fruits and veggies lately. We all know about the standard healthy treats like apples and carrots, but what about other fruits and veggies? Which ones are safe and which ones are not? I’m happy to provide an easy reference guide here.
Please remember that some IR horses do not do well with fruit–especially in large amounts. If you have concerns, ask your veterinarian or an equine nutritionist.
- apples (not for IR horses)
- cherries (pit removed)
- dates (pitted)
- peas (consider soaking if uncooked)
- carrots (not for IR horses)
- sweet potatoes
- sprouts (alfalfa, wheat, barley)
Potentially toxic fruits/ veggies (DON’T FEED!):
- persimmons (not toxic, but the seeds can cause colic)
Sometimes, you will find lists of other foods that are noted as ‘safe’ treats for horses. Personally, if it doesn’t come from a plant (or if it’s highly processed–like bread), I don’t feed it. Horses are herbivores, plain and simple. They don’t need dairy products, meat, or junk food.
Also, for older horses with dental issues (or just to reduce the risk of choke), chopping harder fruits/ veggies up is a good idea. I often stick my celery and carrot pieces in the blender!