How to Prepare Fruit and Vegetables for Horses

Fruit and vegetables can be swallowed improperly or too quickly by horses, If you know the proper way to cut them up, you can prevent choking, or slow down a horse who eats too quickly.

Ingredients

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables

Steps

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    For apples, peaches, pears, plums & Apricots, cut the fruit into eighths, remove the core/pit and the stalk, and any stickers.
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    For cherries, simply cut in half to remove the pit and stalk.
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    Bananas are not so tricky, simply cut the end off if you prefer, as horses can eat the skin.
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    Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are fine how they are, but you can take the top off strawberries.
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    Cantaloupe and Watermelons are trickier, you need to cut it in half, take the amount you need off, remove the rind if you want, but horses will gladly eat the rind. Remove any seeds, and the core. You can also buy seedless watermelons. Cut into smallish chunks.
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    Coconut should be opened, then the flesh taken out. Horses cannot eat the husk. Pieces should be small.
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    Pineapples should have the core and skin removed. It should then be sliced into rings, turned into quarters, making small pieces.
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    Oranges should have the skin removed, then cut in half, then in half twice more to make eighths.
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    For carrots, parsnips and cucumbers, slice in half lengthwise, and then widthwise, this will prevent it getting stuck, like it would with circular pieces. If the veggie is large, cut the length in half as well. Should make 4/8 sections depending on length.
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    Corn should be sliced off the cob, then fed to the horse. Do not feed too often.
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    Pumpkin should have a hole cut into the top, the the flesh scooped out, seeds should be removed, give to the horse in 3 centimeter (1.2 in) chunks.
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    Cabbage and Lettuce ought to be sliced into strips, and these will fall apart when mixing.
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    Squash, Turnips and Swede are vegetables that should be sliced into 3 centimeter (1.2 in) strips, and on the opposite side to make 3 centimeter (1.2 in) chunks. For squash, remove the skin from the vegetable first.

Tips

  • Put some fruit or vegetables in your horses feed regularly too add variety.
  • Wash the food first.
  • Do not feed too much.

Warnings

  • Cut the food to match your horses needs. If it is eating too fast, consider making the pieces even smaller.
  • Making pieces larger is not advised.

Things You'll Need

  • knife
  • table / surface to cut on

Article Info

Categories: Horse Feeding