Can horses eat apples? yes just like pears and bananas, apples are sweet and as we know horse favour the sweet and savoury foods. Feeding apples to horses might be widely known as a treat you can feed your horse due the abundance of photos taken by other equine lovers. It is safe to say apples are the popular type of fruit fed to horses. The only other treat that might hold more precedence would be carrots.
Let us delve deeper into the benefits of feeding apples to horses. Apples contain an abundance of vitamins including vitamin C, which will repair tissues and helps in the production of collagen. Vitamin E helps protect the red blood cell from “free radicals” that are designed to attack the cell of the horses body. Vitamin K prevents blood clots forming and has an important role in build strong bones.
Apples are also high in fibre, that protects and keeps the digestive system working efficiently. It also keeps cholesterol levels at a nominal level. B-complex vitamins are also present in apples such as riboflavin and thiamin which protect the nervous system and promote muscle growth.
Horses are very fond of apples because of their sweet taste so it shouldn’t be a problem for you get them to eat it. I would recommend you cut up the apples into easy to eat chunk so they don’t get logged in their oesophagus.
The quantity of apples you feed your should be reflective on their diet in that feeding too many apples might affect their taste for the less than sweet flavours of other food and also it comes to a point when apples do have any benefit as they can only take in so such vitamins in a day, feeding too much might be just a waste of money.
Can horses eat apples, A resounding yes as apples contain some very important minerals and vitamins that can only aid horses rather than do damage. Feed apples as a part of a balanced diet and not the diet itself or feed it as a treat for the horse to enjoy.