Horse Digestion: Treacherous Treats
Foods To Avoid
Some things are not good for treats:
Lawn, hedge or garden clippings.
Cabbage, including broccoli, cauliflower etc
Peanuts (they cannot digest them and it clogs their intestine)
Chocolate, if you are competing can cause a positive drug test.
Really Weird Stuff
Horses Have Been Known To eat really weird stuff
Horses will eat surprisingly weird foods-from roast beef sandwiches to ice cream.
Historically horses have been fed some strange things to survive--like fish. But horses are herbivores-animals whose digestive system is geared to digesting grass and soft plant matter. So, don't whip up any fish cookies....
Although some horses can eat these things with no apparent ill effects, it is always better to stick to treats similar to their natural foodstuffs. When cooking up a horse treat recipe make sure to use ingredients that they are used to.
If you are thinking of trying strange foods on your horse - Don't! - Read up on horse colic - the number 1 killer of domestic horses.
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