FUN FACTS & ACTIVITIES
DID YOU KNOW?
OR ABOUT HORSENALITY?
LEARN ABOUT HORSENALITY
WHAT TREATS ARE OKAY
TO GIVE TO HORSES?
When feeding treats, remember the acronym A.I.M. – Always In Moderation. Keep your treats as close as possible to the natural diet and enjoy being a hero to your horse!
Feed only a small amount. Feeding your horse 15 large carrots at a time may create more of a meal than a treat. For an average size horse, one or two carrots is sufficient. Feeding too much of any treat can have negative effects on balanced diets like lowering protein content, raising starch levels, and diluting vitamins and minerals. In addition, too much of certain treats can lead to severe digestive upset and even colic or laminitis.
Foods That Horses Can Safely Eat:
Flour (White and Whole Wheat)
Cinnamon (in SMALL amounts)
Oatmeal (rolled oats, steel cut oats, Irish oats, quick oats)
Sugar, brown sugar & powdered sugar
Peppermint and most hard candies (NOT chocolate)
Grated apples and carrots
Cereal (Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, Cheerios)
Cookie Icing, Frosting & Sprinkles
Corn oil and corn syrup
Ginger snaps and gingerbread
Ice cream cones (sugar and cake cones)
Pancakes and waffles
Foods That Horses SHOULD NOT Eat:
Note: this list is NOT 100% of every food that a horse should not eat! Please do your research before feeding a horse anything that isn’t on this list.
Dusty, moldy or very old hay
Cruciferous vegetables like kale, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli or other things in the cabbage family (can cause severe gas if fed in large amounts)
Meat of any kind
Lawn clippings and clippings from your garden (these can contain poisonous plants, can cause choking, and can drastically change their pH)
Fresh bread, donuts, etc. – these items can become a doughy mass in the digestive tract and cause a blockage.
Sweet Feed (COB & unfortified sweet grains) can quickly unbalance the diet when enough is fed as a “treat”.