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Old 29-07-2009, 12:51 PM   #1
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My boy loves sweet potato raw in his feed. About a month ago we stopped giving it too him and it may be a concidence but his coat which was a very dark bay seemed to lighten a shade.

Does anyone know of any if any beneficial properties to feeding sweet potato to horses? And does anyone else feed it?
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Old 29-07-2009, 06:54 PM   #2
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hmmm interesting...
I dont know anything about feeding sweet potato. Will have to look into it more.
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Old 29-07-2009, 07:33 PM   #3
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I have never heard or considered feeding Sweet potato to my horses, so before I went off half cocked I googled and found some very interesting reading.

Fruit and vegetables come in a VAST variety, and some may not benefit your horse as well as others. Some can also be toxic, or just dangerous. (unsafe fruit and veggies in warning section)
This 'how to' will tell you in general what fruit and vegetables are safe for horses and which aren't. Feel free to add your own modifications.
Apples and carrots, are overrated. They can get boring for horses, so why not try something new?
Safe FRUIT below:
Watermelon + rind
Safe VEGETABLES below:
Broccoli (?) can cause gas, otherwise feed in tiny portions
Cauliflower (?) can cause gas, otherwise feed in tiny portions
Sweet Potato (?) May have normal Potato properties
A pile of swedes/rutabagas

TipsIf someone ever says - feed them anything you want, don't listen.
If in doubt, leave it out.
Horses like variety.
Be warned, horse will eat things not good for them.
Better less treats than colic or illness.
Do not feed a lot, even if it is safe, none will be good in large amounts, and none will be bad in tiny amounts.

WarningsDon't take this guide completely accurately, some sources may be wrong, some horses may be allergic to them, so take care in what you do feed them.
ALWAYS remove any pits from ANY pitted fruit - these can be very dangerous to horses.
If in any doubt, just don't feed it to them.
Feed in moderation.
Unsafe FRUIT below:
Unsafe VEGETABLES below:
Broccoli (?) can cause gas, otherwise feed in tiny portions
Cauliflower (?) can cause gas, otherwise feed in tiny portions
Any member of nightshade family (peppers, etc.)
Sweet potato (?)
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So Oranges are ok .. I wonder if lemons are

Sweet potato, broccoli and cauliflower are safe yet dangerous?
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Old 29-07-2009, 07:49 PM   #5
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If you want to read all about Chinese food energetics warning will do your head in reading it.


Another good article
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I know cheeki, thats why I didnt want to go off half cocked lol
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Old 29-07-2009, 07:51 PM   #7
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My horse must feel neglected and unloved...he just gets "horse food" and carrots I just don't get wanting to feed them all sorts of things, apart from the odd apple or licorice?
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Old 29-07-2009, 07:52 PM   #8
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I had my boy on sweet potato for gut/bowel issues this was prescribed from Bruce from Murdoch. Issue has now cleared up and he is putting the weight back on in the right places!!!
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Old 29-07-2009, 07:58 PM   #9
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more info
Chapter 4: Nutritionally Improved Sweetpotato
Copyright 2008 Institute of Food Technologists
ABSTRACT: Sweetpotato is grown in many developing countries, and varieties can be white-, yellow-, orange-, red-, or purple-fleshed. This crop is a secondary staple food crop in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, and an important component of animal feed in countries such as China. This case study describes and compares 2 nutritional improvements of sweetpotato. One improvement involves selecting and breeding orange-fleshed sweetpotato as a biofortified crop to reduce vitamin A deficiency in Africa. The 2nd improvement aims to increase both the quality and quantity of protein in sweetpotato through the introduction of the synthetic asp-1 gene (Kim and others 1992; Prakash and others 1997). Nutritional issues considered include the role of the sweetpotato in human nutrition, with a focus on Africa, and its potential to combat vitamin A deficiency and undernutrition; and its role in animal nutrition, specifically through increasing both the level and quality of protein. The protein case study concentrates on the event TA3 developed at Tuskegee Univ. (Egnin and Prakash 1995, 1997), which has been shown to have no negative agronomic characteristics. In terms of safety, the history of sweetpotato use and the measurement of a number of antinutrient compounds in this crop, such as oxalic acid, trypsin inhibitor, and furanoterpenoid compounds, are considered. If the orange-fleshed sweetpotato are to be used in animal feed in a way not previously done, it is recommended that additional nutritional testing, such as for performance and bioavailability, be carried out in domestic animals. Four studies are recommended for the ASP-1 sweetpotato. First, testing the safety of the genetic modification with the asp-1 gene and derived ASP-1 protein. Second, carrying out supplementary compositional studies focused on, for example, appropriate antinutrients, such as oxalic acid, trypsin inhibitor, and others where appro-priate. Third, documenting the phenotypic properties of the sweetpotato line and its comparator grown in representative production sites. Fourth, measuring the performance of animals fed ASP-1 sweetpotato compared with those fed conventional sweetpotato varieties. These studies could use a suitable animal model; an ILSI task force formulated guidelines for this type of study in a report titled Best Practices for the Conduct of Animal Studies to Evaluate Genetically Modified Crops (ILSI 2003). Data on protein bioefficacy in the enhanced protein sweetpotato are available from 1 hamster study.
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Old 29-07-2009, 08:03 PM   #10
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right, so in conclusion after wasting 30mins reading through half arsed opinions on the net, I could not find anything scientific to say sweet potatos where either good or bad for horses, seems the biggest danger is that the silly buggers might choke on them.

So there you go, feed at your own risk really.

Sorry Yarra, no use at all on this subject lol
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