Horses have sensitive digestive systems. This is why you should only give them the right kind of horse feed. Moreover, they are highly susceptible to certain toxic foods. Some of the most hazardous food sources to horses include the following:
1. Certain types of clover
If your horses graze in pastures located in NZ, make sure there are no clovers in them. These plants are usually infested with fungus or contaminated with toxins.
This can easily compromise your horses’ health and cause serious conditions — from extreme salivation to liver damage. Clover species to be wary of include Red Clover, Alsike Clover, and Sweet Clover.
Although most horses will devour meat presented in front of them, it does not mean they should be doing so. As their caretaker, it is your responsibility to ensure that, aside from some occasional meat treats, your horses do not consume more meat than their anatomy can handle.
Their sensitive digestive system and their inability to vomit make horses highly susceptible to mould and toxins present in meat, especially if eaten in large quantities.
3. Grass clippings
There’s an array of illnesses that can affect horses upon consumption of large amounts of grass clippings. These include colic, botulism, laminitis, and the hind gut’s excess fermentation.
4. Certain fruits and vegetables
Horses can eat certain fruits and vegetables and not get sick, so long as they’re in small quantities. However, there are types of fruits and vegetables that you should not give horses at any time.
They include broccoli, cabbage, peppers, onions, avocados, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, and persimmons.
If you want to know more about the best diet for your horses, it is best to consult a veterinarian. Always remember that these animals’ overall health and productivity starts with the kind of food they ingest.