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Can Horses Eat Plums?

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by Heather Byron

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Ok continuing on my ‘what can horses eat’ series. As a horse owner, you might want to know if your horse can eat plums and if these will cause any health issues good or bad.

Yes, horses can definitely eat plums but in moderation (mainly for giving as treats). Horses, like most other animals, are omnivores and will eat just about anything. Plums are a good source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C, both of which are important for horses. They also contain antioxidants, which may help promote better health in horses.

In this article, we are going to discuss the health benefits of eating plums for horses as well as some other details.

Is It Healthy For Horses to Eat Plums?

Plums are a good source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C. They also contain antioxidants, which can help promote better health in horses.

Dietary fiber is important for horses because it helps them maintain a healthy digestive system. It also helps to prevent colic, which is a very serious condition that can be deadly for horses.

Vitamin C is an important vitamin for horses because it helps to strengthen their immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce swelling and pain in horses’ joints.

The antioxidants found in plums can help to protect horses’ cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are harmful molecules that can cause cell damage and lead to various diseases.

So, as you can see, there are many good reasons why you should give your horse plums on a regular basis. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it and only give them a few at a time.

Can I Feed Cooked Plums to my Horse?

Can I Feed Cooked Plums to my Horse?

Yes, you can certainly feed cooked plums to your horse. In fact, cooked plums are actually easier for horses to digest than raw ones.

If you do decide to cook the plums before feeding them to your horse, make sure that you don’t add any sugar or other sweeteners. Horses have a very sensitive digestive system and too much sugar can cause problems.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never feed your horse spoiled or rotten plums. These can make them very sick and could even be fatal.

So, if you’re going to give your horse-cooked plums, make sure that they’re fresh and ripe.

Can I Feed Raw Plums to my Horse?

Can I Feed Raw Plums to my Horse?

Yes, you can certainly feed raw plums to your horse. In fact, many horses actually prefer raw plums to cooked ones.

However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind if you’re going to feed raw plums to your horse. First of all, make sure that the plums are ripe. unripe plums can cause stomach upset in horses.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never feed your horse spoiled or rotten plums. These can make them very sick and could even be fatal.

So, if you’re going to give your horse-raw plums, make sure that they’re fresh and ripe.

When Is the Best Time to Feed Plums to my Horse?

The best time to feed plums to your horse is in the morning or evening. This is because horses have a slower digestive system at night and in the morning.

If you do decide to feed your horse plums during the day, make sure that they’re not too full. If they are, they might not be able to digest the plums properly and could get sick.

Can Horses Eat Any Type of Fruit?

There is really no type of fruit that should be off-limits in a horse’s diet. Their digestive systems should be able to handle any fruit. Here is a good video from a horse vet explaining this:

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many good reasons why you should give your horse plums on a regular basis. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it and only give them a few at a time.

If you do, they’ll be sure to enjoy the delicious taste of this fruit while getting all of the important nutrients that they need. Thanks for reading.

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Heather Byron
I've been an animal lover for all my life. I'm currently showing that by managing a life-saving center for A New Leash on Life in Huntsville, AL. I love helping dogs and cats in finding their new fur-ever homes. If you are in the area please stop by any one of the 3 locations we have.
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