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Global Herbs: What Fruits are Safe for My Horse?

horse bananaHorses love a good variety of fruits. In fact, a lot of them are even used as treats. But not every crop or produce in the face of the planet are good and safe for equines. As an owner or caretaker, it’s essential that you know which means well and which doesn’t. So today we’ve asked Global Herbs for their top list of fruits that are safe and nutritious for horses. Take a look.

  • Apple – These fruits are best served in slices so as to prevent any choking hazard. They contain little to no amount of cholesterol and are packed with vitamins and nutrients like calcium, iron an vitamins A, B and C among others.
  • BananaRich in potassium, Vitamin B6 and dietary fiber, bananas make it to our list. The fruit and the skin can be fed to horses too. Make sure to chop it in smaller bite-sized pieces too.
  • Orange – Proven to be an excellent source of Vitamin C, oranges taste good too. Like bananas and watermelons, the rind can be eaten. It is advised that a maximum of only two oranges per week should be given and that they should be cut in quarters.
  • Peaches – When giving out peaches, see to it that the seeds are completely taken out and that they are chopped into manageable chunks. Like other fruits in its family such as plums, cherries and apricots, they are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin A, niacin and potassium.
  • Pear – Ripe and sweet, a good number of horses like pears. Add to that the number of owners who like it because of its nutritious content to include vitamins B2, C, E, copper, potassium and pectin.
  • Pineapple – When feeding these to your equines, make sure to remove the skin and the core and cut them into rings or half-rings. It’s juicy and sweet which makes it a popular favorite.
  • Watermelon – What’s interesting about watermelons is that both the fruit and its rind are safe for horses. Not all will like it though because it may come off a little bitter so it still boils down on preference.

Like with anything else, Global Herbs strongly reminds everyone that moderation is still key when feeding horses with any type of fruit. Plus, the preparation prior to serving is very important. The fruits should always be cut up into small chewable chunks to avoid both overindulgence and choking.

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Global Herbs: Types of Equine Colic

ColicEquine colic literally translates to ‘pain in the abdomen’ but it is generally used to refer to digestive system disorders among horses. According to Global Herbs, colic is one of the most common problems faced by the said animals then and up to today and there are many types to it as follows.

  • Displacement Colic 

Here, the intestine is suspended in the abdominal cavity by the mesentery, a fold of the peritoneum that attaches the intestine to the posterior wall of the abdomen. This makes it fall out of place causing it to be twisted thus restricting blood flow. It comes with pain too and is often brought about by a gas build up in the gut. This type needs immediate medical attention, surgical to be specific.

  • Impaction Colic

In this case, the large intestine changes direction and folds upon itself. There are cases where the size and diameter of it changes too. This allows for firm masses of feeds and other foreign material like sand to block away the intestines. Common causes of impact colic include ingestion of sand in large quantities, coarse and severely dry feeds as well as dehydration.

  • Enteritis 

This type is an inflammation of the intestines and is particularly hard to diagnose. There are instances when it even mistaken for displacement colic or impaction colic. What brings it about is a bacterial infection, contaminated water, food and roughage as well as excessive ingestion of grains.

  • Gas Colic 

As the name suggests, it refers to an excessive gas build up in the horse’s stomach and intestines causing minor to severe abdominal pain. The excess gas is produced by bacteria and is brought about by several factors such as stale feeds. To cure it, a veterinarian shall insert a tube into the stomach to relieve the pressure from the accumulation of gas and fluid.

  • Spasmodic Colic 

To humans, this is akin to indigestion and comes with painful contractions of the muscles in the small and large intestines. Of the types listed in this list, this is the most easily and quickly treated.

  • Stomach Distention 

Many would agree, including Global Herbs, that horses aren’t very blessed when it comes to their digestive system. Much care must be practiced to ensure that their feed ingestion is appropriate, timely and enough. Their stomachs have a very little capacity and when overfed may cause it to enlarge and worse rupture.