10 Treats You Must NEVER Feed Your Horse…and some surprising ones you can!

Everyone loves a treat – not least your horse! But, did you know there are many yummies that for various reasons, you should never offer to your horse, mainly due to what they contain and the reactions they can have. Here are ten of the top no-no’s to steer clear of!

No-No Number 1.

Chocolate: Delish but potentially deadly thanks to the chemical theobromine.

No-no Number 2:

Meat: We all know horses are herbivores and there’s a reason for that – their digestive systems are just not cut out for the consumption of flesh. 

No-no Number 3. 

Bread: We all know how bloated we can feel when eating bread – not to mention cakes – and horses have the same issue – it can even cause a digestive blockage – so take a swerve on the doughnuts!

No-no Number 4:

Ice cream: and in fact anything dairy as horses are lactose intolerant and just can’t stomach those creamy delights – shame!


No-no Number 5: 

Cabbage: we don’t know anyone thats ever tried to offer cabbage to a horse and been met with a positive response, however, all cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, kale, cauliflower and sprouts all cause gas – and we know what that means, don’t we?!

No-no Number 6:

Garlic : Don’t panic we know its in many supplements, we’re talking about large quantities which can cause anaemia due to the chemicals inside – all in moderation please!

No-no Number 7:

Garden and lawn clippings: It’s grass isn’t it…yes, but it can contain toxic plants and pesticides, plus once it starts to ferment, it’s a perfect recipe for colic!

No-no Number 8:

Rhubarb: Nasty one this – it contains calcium oxalates which causes tremors and even kidney failure.

No-no Number 9:

Tomatoes: These little red fruits can cause digestive issues and raised heart rates, whilst the plant itself – a member of the deadly nightshade family can cause colic.

No-no Number 10:

Avocado: Avocados as well as the leaves, bark and trees that they grow on are all poisonous to horses and can bring about irregular heartbeat, respiratory problems, colic and even death. Big no -no!



BUT –  there are some surprising yummies that you can feed your horse – all in moderation of course!

These include:

  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • bananas
  • plums (without stones)
  • celery
  • green beans


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