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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