A Treat for your Horse
We all know what to feed our horse on a daily basis to keep them fit and healthy, but like us they enjoy a treat too. However, as with our own diet there are some items out there that are better for them than the much-loved mint.
So, what is there out there that is easily obtainable for us to feed them that are safe for them to eat?
This is a really safe vegetable to feed to horses, although like us, some horses may not like the taste. They are particularly high in Vitamin A and have a sweet taste, thus making them a great treat alternative to sugar cubes. Always check for signs of mould as this can be harmful. Remove the stem, spoon out the seeds and cut into small chunks. This will allow your horse to easily enjoy eating the pumpkin without the likelihood of choking.
Celery is great for horses as it contains a number of vitamins, including Vitamin K, manganese, Vitamins B2, B6, and A, and high levels of potassium. Both the stem and leaves are safe to eat, but to avoid the risk of choking, cut into small pieces. Both the stem of the celery and the leaves are safe to eat but always cut the celery into small pieces to reduce the risk of choking.
A fabulous source of potassium and one fruit they really enjoy eating and are ideal to feed when the horse needs and extra boost of energy. Bananas can be fed with the skin still on as the whole fruit is beneficial for their health.
An ideal sweet snack as horses always enjoy their sweetness and are more than happy to eat them, seeds and all! What’s more, they are an easy snack for your horse to enjoy as they don’t require any de-seeding or chopping up. A great way to share a treat with your horse.
Yes, horses can eat cucumber and they are a fantastic source of vitamins such as A, K, and C, as well as potassium. Plus the skin provides a natural dietary fibre. However, organic or home-grown are better as they are free from harmful pesticides.
This exotic, sweet fruit is a treat horses love and is an excellent source of Vitamin C for them, too! However, ensure you remove the skin and core before feeding and chop into small chunks to avoid choking hazard.
Ripe pears are preferable as they are nice and soft, making them easy for your horse to digest, but remove the stem and seeds before feeding. Small chunks are preferable.
Yes oranges!! Your horse can eat the whole thing, including the seeds and the skin, and they very beneficial as they provide high amounts of Vitamin C. Also, the peel contains antioxidant properties and has been known to reduce oxidative stress. However, be careful as they will naturally provide your horse with a lot of sugar, so don’t feed them often.
A good sources of vitamins A and C, cherries are a great way to treat your horse to something a little sweet. Wash them thoroughly, and ensure you remove the pit and stem before feeding.
Small and edible, these are a great source of vitamins A, D, and B-6, as well as calcium, iron and magnesium. So, ideal as part of a well-balanced diet.
But, never feed anything you are unsure about as it’s always better to be safe than sorry. However, do try adding some of new tastes to your horse’s meals, we would be rather board with the same things every mealtime wouldn’t we?