corn husk question

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  1. JCH

    JCH Senior Member+

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    can you feed corn husks to horses? my friend does with her 22 yo morgan but i still dont know if i want to try it any thoughts thanks


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  2. Ryle

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    Corn stalks can be fed as an alternate forage source, but they aren't balanced for a horse. It would require supplementing with several pounds of alfalfa or 16% protein feed.

    With senior horses unless there is a reason to use corn stalks and husks as forage, they really would be low on the list of appropriate choices because they are lacking in nutrition and very fibrous so harder to digest and senior horses tend to have more trouble with digesting feed anyway. For seniors you want to choose feeds that are more easily digestible and properly balanced as they are more prone to weight and muscle mass loss just due to aging.
     
  3. JCH

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    it was more of a treat kinda thing we had corn with dinner and was wondering if i could safly give them the corn husks we only had six ears
     
  4. momof5

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    I have given the horses them when we eat corn on the cob but not a a food source.
     
  5. Ryle

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    As a treat is fine.
     
  6. momof5

    momof5 Senior Member+

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    It is ok to give them as a treat.I have for years.JMO
     
  7. rageandglory

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    it's a preferred treat here.
     
  8. JCH

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    thank you all for the replies copper and hayley appreciate it too
     






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