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Old 12-10-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Does anyone feed bread to their horses??? I have heard that it can cause compaction in the hind gut and cause colic... Has anyone had this happen or heard of anything like this.. I feed my horse a slice or 2 as a treat but thinking it might not be a good idea!
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:35 PM   #2
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I would moisten it. I don't feed it personally apples and carrots are my treat of choice
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Not since a pony I had nearly died from it (just before he came over to me) Especially not fresh bread, it can ball up and get stuck in the throat (which is what happened to him) if vet hadn't been across the road..would have been end of pony I am sure.

I am actually not sure why some people seem to want to feed their horses "human food" ...best keeping to "horse food" IMO
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Nope never done it. Don't see a reason for it. If you do want to, i would make sure the bread was as natural as possible. Meaning, nothing from Woolies packed with colours, preservatives, salt, sugar and vinegar. I'm sorry, but that normal white bread is like eating raw sticky dough. I wouldn't eat it, and i sure as heck would never give it to my horse.
Organic, or natural (meaning proper yeast or sourdough culture, not 'enhanced' by anything) and dried, would be a much better option if you want to feed bread. But off-course, that type is expensive.
In my opinion, you're much better experimenting with fruits and veges till you find something they like.
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I suppose there is a slight risk of it getting stuck, I've fed my horses bread and they enjoy it

At a horse hire place I used to work, a baker would drop loaves of sliced bread and raisen toast off and 70 horses had bread for brunch... Every Tuesday for several years. Not one had a problem or ever choked on it
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Fed it to all my horses just yesterday... it's not something that happens every day, just like carrots and apples, but it's a treat they like just the same.
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I give it to my mare as a treat. I can't resist as she absolutely loves it
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As a kid the local bakers van used to dump all the leftovers from the bakery in my paddock and 4 horses would go mad for it !!!
Of more recent times I had a racehorse owner who fed all his stock on bread - no problem BUT every book will tell you it's bad so I would be wary !!
My fav horse used to love ham sani's with pickle and it never did him any harm !!
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As a kid the local bakers van used to dump all the leftovers from the bakery in my paddock and 4 horses would go mad for it !!!
Of more recent times I had a racehorse owner who fed all his stock on bread - no problem BUT every book will tell you it's bad so I would be wary !!
My fav horse used to love ham sani's with pickle and it never did him any harm !!
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Lol my first pony loved sharing my polony n pickles sambos!!
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