Can a horse eat these things?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Tobar, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Tobar

    Tobar Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2006
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    HI I have been asked by folks if they can give my horse these things...which of them should or not be given to my horse.

    At present, he does not get anything other than carrots or apples and his regular diet. I've never ventured out on these things before:

    Sweet potatoes

    I just dont know, but my horse is not a pig or a rabbit...are these things good for a horse to eat? Please tell me...thanks
  2. Gypsy Rose

    Gypsy Rose Senior Member+

    May 20, 2008
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    Pantha11 posted this some time back, and I saved it. Hope it helps!

    Oddities often consumed by horses on pasture.

    No problem, assuming fairly limited quantities and otherwise balanced ration:

    • Dandelion
    • Thistle (NOT Russian Knapweed or yellow star thistle–Centaurea spp)
    • Sunflower seeds and plant
    • Peanut plants
    • Raspberry/blackberry bushes
    • Wood/bark of most trees (NOT Prunus spp or black walnut or locust)

    Potential problem if eaten in large quantities:

    • Buttercup
    • Morning glory
    • Pokeweed
    • St. Johnswort
    • Gum-weed
    • Astragulus and Oxytropis spp/(vetches and locoweed)
    • Avocado leaves
    • Bracken fern
    • Most bulb type flowers (tulip, iris, etc.)
    • Wilted red maple leaves
    • Acorns/new oak leaves

    Avoid at all costs (Lethal or severe toxicity potential)

    • Lily of the Valley
    • Larkspur
    • Tomato or potato plants
    • Rhubarb leaves and roots
    • Poison hemlock
    • Foxglove
    • Leafy spurge
    • Mustards
    • Jimsonweed
    • Alsike clover
    • Blue flax
    • Sorghum (Johnsongrass and Sudan grass)
    • Oleander
    • Privet
    • Japanese Yew (all Taxus spp)
    • Azalea
    • Rhododendron
    • Mountain Laurel
    • Pits of peaches, cherries, or avocados
    • Horsechestnut
    • Russian Knapweed or yellow star thistle–Centaurea spp

    Potential Treats
    Perfectly acceptable treats (fed in limited quantities (<1-2 lbs/feeding)

    • Carrots, apples, grapes
    • Bananas
    • Peas
    • Green beans
    • Lettuce
    • Celery
    • Dried beans, such as pinto, red, fava (however should be cooked or heat treated)
    • Watermelon rinds
    • Squash
    • Mangoes (not the seeds)
    • Raisins
    • Bread/bagels/cake (NOT if they contain chocolate or poppy seeds)
    • Pasta, macaroni
    • Potato chips and potato products…(do not give raw potatoes to pregnant mare it is toxic……gives them blood poisoning).
    • Rice products (not raw rice)
    • Barley products
    • Corn products
    • Dairy products
    • Eggs
    • Fruit juices
    • Hot dogs, hamburgers, tuna fish, ham or even roast beef sandwiches!
    • Most dog and cat foods
    • Zucchini
    • Watermelon
    • Parsnips
    • Pumpkin

    Beware large quantities, but probably acceptable in very small amounts (<2 to 4 ounces/day)

    • Cabbage, broccoli, kale, chard, collard greens, brussel sprouts
    • Spinach
    • Rhubarb stems (NOT the leaves or roots)
    • Garlic and onions (large amounts may cause anaemia) When lower doses are consumed on a regular basis, or Large amounts are consumed this may cause anaemia...(the same goes for onions.... to much can cause anaemia).
    • Turnips
    • Radishes
    • Avocado (NOT skins or seeds)
    • Lathyrus spp. beans (India)
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Sugar candies such as jelly beans, gummy bears, peppermints, etc.

    Safe in very limited quantities BUT WILL CAUSE POSITIVE DRUG TESTS

    • Morning glory plants
    • Sassafras
    • Willow leaves and bark
    • Yucca
    • Tobacco (consumed, not inhaled)
    • Valerian root
    • Carrots in very large quantities only (over 5 lbs day)!
    • Persimmons (seeds also may cause impaction)
    • Chocolate in any form
    • Liquorice?
    • Cinnamon products
    • Nutmeg
    • Hot pepper/chilli flavoured products (Nacho chips, etc)
    • Non-decaffeinated coffee or tea in any form
    • Caffeinated sodas
    • Alcoholic beverages?
    • Some dog/cat foods (Beware “bakery waste” as an ingredient-may contain chocolate)

    There are obviously a wide range of things that our horses may enjoy consuming, not all of which are good for their health. Many horses would refuse to even sniff many of the items listed above. Knowing which potential treats are safe, at least in limited quantities, is important for horse owners. You never know what might be offered to your horse!
  3. Idrivetrotter

    Idrivetrotter Senior Member+

    May 18, 2004
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    My uncle's Percheron stud loved a Guinness before going to work in the morning :)

    My Standardbreds love coconuts and coconut milk is great for them, packed with tons of minerals and nutrients, plus puts a great shine on the coat.
  4. crayon

    crayon Senior Member+

    Mar 9, 2009
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    I think all of that is okay. ;)

    And just an FYI, my grandparents feed Crayon watermelond rhinds(sp?) and she really likes them.
  5. turn n burn311

    turn n burn311 Full Member

    Aug 4, 2008
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    Wow that list was helpful.
    My horse eats anything but he LOVES potato chips and Hot Cheetos..and has eaten McNuggets before. he was licking my leg like a dog for about 5 minutes...maybe if I add a little seasoning I can be his 4th of July BBQ? :p
  6. Tobar

    Tobar Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2006
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    Wow, thanks a heap for the I know! :) Really helped me out!
  7. pantha11

    pantha11 Senior Member+

    Mar 25, 2007
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    I guess the key thing here is, if you are in doubt at all, then don't feed it to your horse.

    GR.....Thanks for re-posting that.
  8. myginger222

    myginger222 Full Member

    Mar 30, 2010
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    thats amazing. i would never think they could eat all that stuff. I remember my Aunt had a horse who ate ham sandwiches and watermelon. I know a pony who ate chicken. He even came into the house to dine at the table. his name is coco puff! I saw a movie one time set in the west. they were driving horses thru some barren area. they came across a root cellar full of potatoes and they ate them. i always thought they could eat potatoes till recently i learned they shouldn't. So what about garlic that is sold as a supplement to ward off flies?
  9. pantha11

    pantha11 Senior Member+

    Mar 25, 2007
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    I have never found garlic to help ward off flies...and to much garlic can cause Heinz body Anemia...would suggest only feeding it for short 10 days or help with colds, etc.
  10. dallasbarnone

    dallasbarnone Senior Member+

    Apr 29, 2005
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    when i was a kid MANY years ago , we had a stud , and he was always at our bar-b-Q's , he had hot dogs and hamburgers, beer , pretzels and pickled eggs, and anything else his snoot would get into , he did end up dieing, but he was 36... lol

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