What NOT to Feed Your Horse
The following is a guest post provided by the staff at Country & Stable.
Eating grass and hay all the time can’t be a huge amount of fun for horses, and so it’s tempting to give them a treat from time to time. However, can you be sure that what you’re feeding your horse isn’t harmful to his health?
Most horse owners have an idea of what they can and can’t feed their horse, but they might not know that certain items are potentially harmful or even fatal. That’s why it’s essential you’re well informed about the things you’re feeding your horse.
For those wanting a quick and easy list of unsuitable foodstuffs, the following infographic from Country & Stable is incredibly useful. It lists some of the most harmful foods for your horse – they may be poisonous, make your horse sick, or cause them to choke – such as dairy products, avocados, unpitted stone fruits, and tomatoes. It also mentions a few that should be fed in moderation – for example, there are plenty of products that contain garlic, and while garlic is usually fine for horses, in large amounts, it can be a little problematic.
What’s also very useful is a list of plants, trees, and foliage that should be avoided. You have control over most of the food your horse eats, but it’s a little tougher to have that control over plants. Flowers can start to grow, seeds may be blown into fields, or your horse might just fancy a nibble on something when out and about – again, it’s important to know what might be harmful. You can then know what to look out for in your fields and around the yard.
For those of your wanting to change things up with your horse’s diet, the graphic also lists some healthy treats that should present no health problems whatsoever, including watermelon, pineapple, and berries.
Hopefully this graphic helps you keep your horse healthy, but if you’re unsure what to feed them, always consult a vet – likewise if you suspect your horse might have eaten something he shouldn’t have.
Graphic by Country & Stable.