Can Horses Eat Celery? Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Snacks that Horses can Eat


Horses can eat a variety of foods that some people wouldn’t ever consider to feed a horse.

Some people think that horses can only eat apples and carrots, but actually, horses can eat things like celery, watermelon, peaches, grapes, graham crackers, and even candy canes! (Make sure these are all given in moderation as they have high levels of sugar. Some horses have allergies to look out for as well)

Vegetables that Horses can Eat

Carrots

A classic treat, carrots are loved by horses and ponies of all breeds.

Celery

Many people ask of horses can eat celery. The answer to that question is yes, horses can in fact eat celery. Though this isn’t a very common treat, many horses still enjoy it

Beetroot

Like carrot roots, beetroots can be enjoyed by many horses

Cucumber

Cucumbers, like watermelon, are a water-based food so horses can enjoy more of this as compared to other treats

Pumpkin

Horses actually love pumpkin. I’ve had friends feed their horses pumpkin horse treats made at home and all the horses have loved them.

Vegetables that Horses can NOT Eat

Onions

Make sure that your horse doesn’t consume any onions. Not only do onions taste bad to the horse, horses may react badly to the food and colic.

Potatoes

Horses can’t have potatoes at all from the russet to the sweet potato.

Fruits that Horses can Eat

Apples

Apples are most horses’ favorite treat. They are given to horses all the time. The only downside to giving this treat is the fact that there is a high level of sugar.

Peaches

My horse Bronze loves peaches, and they are one of his favorite juicy snacks. Also containing high levels of sugar, one here and there won’t hurt the horse, but if they’re fed too often, it may not be healthy for the horse.

Bananas

My horses didn’t really care for bananas, though some horses love them! A great idea for what you could do with bananas is make some cinnamon banana oat bites for your horse. They are like healthy banana cookies for ponies and they love them

Strawberries

In the wild, horses would sometimes eat wild strawberries when grazing, and even riding horses now enjoy a strawberry treat now and then

Watermelon

Watermelon is a great and healthy summertime snack for horses and ponies alike. Watermelon is more water based so horses can have a higher quantity of this treat without a problem.

Sadly neither of my horses even had any interest in eating watermelon.

Grapes

One of my friends would giver her Thoroughbred grapes as a snack. Grapes are not poisonous to horses so this was a great treat for him after they finished a ride

Cantaloupe

Horses love eating different kinds of melons, and believe it or not cantaloupe is a popular treat for horses. Although I never got around to trying this treat out on my horses, I’ve heard that horses love cantaloupe.

Honeydew

Like the watermelon and cantaloupe, honeydew melon is a tasty horse treat that some people will give their horses, although it isn’t super common to do so.

Fruits that Horses can NOT Eat

Rhubarb

Avocado

Tomato

All the above mentioned fruits are poisonous to horses and should never be fed to them, especially as a treat.

Other Fun Snack Ideas for Your Horse

Graham Crackers

My horse Bronze, as well as a Quarter Horse I ride named Olivia, absolutely adore Graham crackers. They love the sweet crunchy treat and ALWAYS ask for more.

Saltine Crackers

Saltine crackers are a plain treat that some horses like. I know that Bronze likes crackers in any form that he can get them, so even a saltine cracker can be exciting

Candy Canes

When the holidays roll around, there are plenty of candy canes and peppermints to go around which many horses get very excited about. While I have known some horses who don’t care for peppermints, most of them love a candy cane here and there\

Popsicle

Horses love a good Popsicle on a hot summer day. I’ve heard of many people giving their horses Popsicle’s and hear that they love it.

Raisins

Like grapes, raisins are a quick healthy treat that horses can enjoy anytime

Things to Remember

The Amount of Sugar Your Horse is Consuming

Horses, like any living animal, need sugar and carbohydrates to survive. As one may know however, too many treats at a time is never a good thing. Horses can colic and/or bloat if fed too many rich and/or sugary snacks.

Trust me, I know it is almost irresistible to say no to a horse who wants just one more cookie, but for their own good, you need to say no sometimes.

How Frequently Treats are Given

Naturally, horses will graze so there is usually a steady flow of food going through a horse’s digestive system. If a horse is fed too many treats at one time, it can cause a slight unbalance in the horses digestive function as suddenly a group of rich and high-sugar foods arrives in the gut.

Sticking to one to two horse treats per spoiling session is ideal so your horse still is rewarded, but they also aren’t getting too much.

Hailey Johnson

Horses have been my passion ever since I can remember. At school, I was known as that weird horse girl, and I would read horse encyclopedias for fun. Over the years since those days, I have only learned more. My experiences with horses of a variety of breeds have taught me a lot. Now I want to share what I know with you!

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