Feeding Bananas to horses??!!

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by GriffinsGirl, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. GriffinsGirl

    GriffinsGirl Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    568
    Likes Received:
    25
    I had to post something on this! I was surfing some equine nutrition sites looking for info (work related, honestly![​IMG] ) and discovered this section in an article about what Olympic horses were fed at the 2000 games. I have NEVER heard of feeding banana to horses, nor do I think I could even GET my horse to try it, but read this:

    Bananas were fed to horses from seven countries and were a big part of the diet of the lone horse from the Philippines and Australian dressage horse Crisp, as well as some Russian dressage horses. Bananas are a high energy feed and they also contain high levels of phospholipids that can assist in lining the horse's stomach and preventing acid damage to the stomach that leads to ulcers.

    Apparently, compared to apples and carrots, bananas have much more nutritional value and dietary benfit. Things that make you go "hmmmmmm"....

    Has anybody ever tried this? Or any other unusual fruits/veggies??
     






  2. Paint_luver

    Paint_luver Senior Member+

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    6,010
    Likes Received:
    1,180
    Hmm.. I've never heard of that! I tried to share part of my banana with Buddy once just because it was bruised, but he refused to eat it. LOL, he was kind of picky when it came to treats though.
     
  3. Paints4me

    Paints4me Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    59
    Wow, would have never thought of that one. Maybee I'll take them one, I just bought some bannanas today. It still sounds funny!!!!
     
  4. GeM

    GeM Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,538
    Likes Received:
    233
    I know people feed grapes...but I have never heard of any horse eating bananas. Hmm...I wonder if my 'eat anything' pony would eat a banana.
    Wow. That's all I can say. That was the last thing I would have thought could be fed to a horse.

    :)
     
  5. GriffinsGirl

    GriffinsGirl Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    568
    Likes Received:
    25
    Ya, that's what I thought...and these are Olympic athlete horses!! I'm going to try one out on Griffin tonight - anybody want to wager on whether or not he'll eat it? He's not super fussy, so ya never know, maybe he will? I'm thinking that since I intend to make him into an eventer, it wouldn't hurt to get him liking high energy treats!
     
  6. buggywhipp

    buggywhipp Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2004
    Messages:
    6,627
    Likes Received:
    735
    That's really interesting. I don't think I could get either of my horses to eat them though. LOL.
     
  7. Millieluvsu

    Millieluvsu Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,103
    Likes Received:
    40
    we give our horses bananas! ours love it!
     
  8. CJ

    CJ Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Messages:
    8,661
    Likes Received:
    2,146
    Raps loves watermelon, and likes citrus. I practically got mugged by him @ Christmas when we split a bruised Grapple, which is an apple infused w/grape juice.
     
  9. ::Miss Kitty::

    ::Miss Kitty:: Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2003
    Messages:
    2,345
    Likes Received:
    82
    My old appy used to LOVE bananas!
     
  10. bay_blnd jmpr07

    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2003
    Messages:
    13,683
    Likes Received:
    1,837
    there's a schooling mule i used to ride and she LOVED bananas!! if there was a banana in sight she would snuff any apple or carrot and go for the banana

    Fiona will eat them too

    BBJ
     






Share This Page