We all love to have a treat now and then, and our equine partners are no different. Sliced apples without the core and carrots are always a good go-to, but do you ever wonder what other healthy snacks your horse might enjoy?
Select fruits and vegetables are a great choice for a healthy horse, including (but not limited to):
Always in Moderation
Be sure to cut any large fruit or vegetable into manageable pieces, and do not give your horse any pits or cores, which could cause choke. Just as with humans, feeding your horse special treats is only healthy in moderation. Over-treating could also lead to unwanted behavior, including biting.
Things to Consider
It is of utmost importance to note that if your horse has health issues, including metabolic or insulin disorders, is prone to founder, or is obese, stay away from feeding snacks high in sugar, including many fruits and even carrots. Check with your veterinarian if you are unsure whether your diet-restricted horse can have certain treats.
Horses with dental issues should also have special consideration before feeding treats that are firm in nature—chopping them into smaller pieces or making a mash out of the snack will help them chew.
What NOT to Feed
Now that you know what fruits and vegetables your horse may enjoy, it is also important to know what ones to avoid. Vegetables in the brassica family—including kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower—should not be fed. Potatoes, onions, and avocado are also toxic to your horse.