Although horses have a unique digestive system that requires a specific diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat them from time to time with so called people foods. In fact, there has been quite a bit of talk on forums about people foods for horses, as users discuss what they like to offer their horse as a treat.
Do you agree or disagree with owners feeding their horses this kind of food? Or perhaps your own horse enjoys certain people foods now and again? Let us know below.
People foods for horses:
One horse owner talks about how she often gives her horse pineapple to munch on throughout the day. Interestingly, the rest of the horses turn their nose up at this kind of food, which means it really is an acquired taste. She also talks about feeding all of her horses apples in the water trough and then watching them bob for the apples. Needless to say, the horses have many hours of fun with this little activity.
Another forum member mentioned how all of her horses love home-made oatmeal cookies. Actually, this kind of treat is safe for horses as long as you don’t use any preservatives or harsh ingredients. Just make sure you don’t buy cookies from the store, as you don’t always know what is in the ingredients and there might be something there that could upset your horses stomach.
It seems that licorice is a popular people food to give to horses as a treat. At the end of the day, they produce horse treats in licorice flavour so why not offer them the real thing? It appears that many horses love a bit of licorice!
Although he doesn’t feed his horse large quantities of lasagne, one forum member has admitted to feeding his horse a little bit lasagne from time to time. Of course, it is vegetarian lasagne though. Not only that, but he also says that it’s funny to watch a horse eat honey (and they seem to enjoy it), as well as pumpkin and goldfish crackers.
What do horses really eat?
While giving horses people foods now and again, it’s important to keep this to a minimum. So what do horses like to eat the majority of the time? Let’s take a quick look…
The main bulk of the diet is grass, as it contains most of the nutrition that a horse needs.
If a horse doesn’t have the luxury of eating grass all day long, then the next best option is hay. For the best quality hay make sure you get it tested for vitamins and minerals. If it seems to be deficient, then you can add in additional supplements.
Although horses typically wouldn’t eat many grains in the wild, it is generally accepted that natural grains (not processed) are safe to add to their diet. Oats are the best choice, with other grains such as corn being okay at lower levels. Just make sure you don’t feed them wheat.