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Snacks for horses

Snacks for horses

We spoil our horses with something tasty, a snack. An apple or a carrot is the most obvious delicacy. These snacks are also the healthiest, much healthier than for example a sugar luncheon. Vegetables and fruit should always serve as a snack, never as a supplementary feed. A horse can get enough nutrition to get healthy if he gets enough and good food. He extracts these nutrients from the roughage and concentrates.

Carrots

As a snack for horses and a nice addition, carrots will fit in every ration. When giving horses carrots, note the following:
Wortels

  • There is no sand on the roots. Each time a bit of sand causes an intestinal accumulation which can lead to sand colic.
  • Do not feed rotten carrots. In rotten carrots, the potassium content is very high, which can cause thin manure in the horses.
  • Carrots contain 90% water, if you feed 1 kg of carrots, it is only 15% of a kilo of bread. So feed carrots as a treat and not as a substitute for concentrates.
  • Give whole carrots to prevent the horses from eating a cut piece of carrot at a time. If you want to cut it, cut the root in length and not in width to prevent the esophagus clogging

Apples

Apples are very popular with many horses, especially the sweet apple. However, when feeding apples, there are also a few things to consider:
Appels

  • The apples must be ripe and without bad spots or worms.
  • Also remove the sand if it is used to prevent build-up of sand in the intestine.
  • Let the horse bite pieces of the apple by holding the apple to prevent the risk of esophageal obstruction.
  • Do not feed too many apples in one day, the apples can go into the horse and cause colic.

Bananas

Bananas for horses can be a nice snack for the horse. 
Banaan

  • Most vitamins are in bananas. Vitamin B6, for example, helps your horse build a good resistance
  • Bananas contain potassium. That is good for the nerves and muscles of the horse.
  • Do not give too many bananas. Bananas, like other vegetables and fruits, contain a lot of starch. Because starch does not digest well in the horse body, you can not give your horse too many.

Bread

Bread is also a treat for horses. When carrying bread, note the following: 
Brood

  • Fresh white or brown bread might not be good, there can be dough balls, which are poorly digestible and can cause clogging.
  • Also do not give any moldy bread, this increases the chance of colic.
  • Best of all, old brown and white bread can be fed. Leave it 1-2 days to make it hard.

Candies

There are many types of horse nuts and many different types of flavors. In most horse nuts, healthy vitamins and minerals are processed. Give candies as a treat or as a reward. Do not give the candies too often, some horses get impatient and can be fake.

Tips:

  • Give your horse a healthy lunch by pampering Hartog Lucerne-mix with carrots through it. Here you can also add Hartog Care Promise, this slobber is a healthy reward for your horse.
  • In winter, you can spoil your horse with a bucket of Compact Grass. By putting it in combination with the Hartog Feed Box XL you make sure your horse is eating longer. Hartog Compact Grass is a very healthy indulgence and replaces the grass that your horse does not get in winter.
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