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  1. #1
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    Default Can horses eat pumpkin?

    I have a pumpkin on my steps. We never carved it, its not rotting or anything. Can I cut it up and feed it to Fat pony? Or not so much?



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    I've heard pumpkin is good for horses. Some people feed seeds, powder, and other forms as part of their horses diet.



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    I've fed it as a treat before.

    My guys also love sweet potatoes. Our friends with gardens will give us their "culls" and my horses get them as treats.

    I had a horse who LOVED radishes (of all things!). She was wired a bit oddly anyway.

    If they spit it back at you or turn their noses up at it, then you definately know it's not up to their taste! One of my guys actually spit out a MacIntosh Apple. He loves apples, but won't eat a MacIntosh??!!?? I had another horse who was learning about treats and the first few apples he tried he would spit out the peel!



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    Yep! Every Halloween I take a little tiny pie pumpkin, carve out the insides, carve a face into it, stuff it full of chopped apples and carrots (and pour in some molasses for taste!), and out to the barn it goes!

    http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...097819_557.jpg
    http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...97821_1091.jpg

    Mmmmmmm! I'll be making one for her tomorrow



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    Ritazza, that is so adorable. I would surely try this. What we do for our Horses!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritazza View Post
    Yep! Every Halloween I take a little tiny pie pumpkin, carve out the insides, carve a face into it, stuff it full of chopped apples and carrots (and pour in some molasses for taste!), and out to the barn it goes!

    http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...097819_557.jpg
    http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...97821_1091.jpg

    Mmmmmmm! I'll be making one for her tomorrow
    I am SO going to do that! You feed it "shell" and all?

    Can you feed whole squash as well? I mean, I know the innards are good, just not sure about the rind.
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    Yep, "shell" and all! I saved the insides for pumpkin seeds for me... it's just the regular old outside of the pumpkin, just like you make for your regular jack-o-lanterns! My very picky mare will inhale everything I put inside of it (carrots, apples, etc) and then eat about half of the shell, then turn her nose up at the rest of it, but every other horse I've offered it to has INHALED it!

    Like this guy: http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...97804_6678.jpg
    And this mare: http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...97825_2650.jpg

    Blurry pictures, but you can see they're making fast work of it!

    I dunno about squash.... my mare is pretty picky, so I'm sure she isn't about to try anything out of the ordinary. I was surprised she ate as much of the pumpkin as she did!



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    Love the demolition pics! I can't wait to do this

    I know it's not uncommon in the UK for people to regularly feed all sorts of veggies, including many of the squash-like veggies. I also know that pumpkin seeds are part of a holistic parasite control program (if you buy into that), but wasn't sure about the actual shell, cool!
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    ritazza -

    That is so cute!!!! You're kinda like a Martha Stewart horse owner.

    I just toss stuff over the fence. My horses really like kohlrabi. My neighbor gave me some and I didn't want to eat it and thought the goats might. The horses LOVED it.

    My guys also like butternut squash. I don't think I've given them zucchini - but they do like butternut squash.



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    I've given the horses lots of fruits & veggies - but more spit out the zucchini than actually ate it. They LOVE squash. Watermelon is a big treat in summer.



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    I discovered one year after my horses raided the pumpkin patch, that some love pumpkins and others are so so about them.

    I have two drafts who love them, most of my others are not so fond.

    I try and buy them pumpkins every fall as a treat. But, has anyone else noticed how expensive pumpkins are? Around me, they get $12 for a medium to large pumpkin.

    I just throw the pumkins in the field and let them have at it.



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    Give it another week and pumpkin prices will drop a whole lot. I bought a large one at the Supermarket this past Monday for $5. The local small market will sell all their pumpkins they have out from for decoration for $1 each by next week.
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    How about butternut squash? I had a bumper crop this year ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fivehorses View Post
    But, has anyone else noticed how expensive pumpkins are? Around me, they get $12 for a medium to large pumpkin.
    Seriously? Our local upscale grocery store has medium pumpkins 3/$10 - have been for 3-4 weeks now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monstrpony View Post
    How about butternut squash? I had a bumper crop this year ...
    My guys LOVE butternut squash.



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    OMG - My horses LOVE pumpkins! I roll a few out as treats and they play with them and eat them up - YUM!
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    Default Inspired by this thread

    My pony got his first Halloween pumpkin last night. He was a bit disgruntled that I made him share with his friends and neighbors, but other than that, all was well.

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE040.jpg

    The preparation (we decided to put in the molassess when we got to the barn:

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE041.jpg

    Fisher meets his halloween treat:

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE043.jpg

    And deems it "tasty.":

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE044.jpg

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE046.jpg

    Who needs small bites -- just take the whole thing:

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE047.jpg

    Mmmmm. . .mmmm. . .good:

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE048.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by LessonLearned View Post
    My pony got his first Halloween pumpkin last night. He was a bit disgruntled that I made him share with his friends and neighbors, but other than that, all was well.

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE040.jpg

    The preparation (we decided to put in the molassess when we got to the barn:

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...d/FENCE041.jpg .........
    None of those links work.



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    One of the favorite ENglish tricks for a bored horse is to take a large squash, bore a hole through it..and hang it from the stall ceiling.

    Horsey will have hours of fun trying to eat it (I suppose it's like putting peanut butter in a kong bone for dogs). Eventually, he'll gnaw it down to the rope, of course .



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    Red face

    Okay, my TURKEYS hated the pumpkin. One wouldn't even put it NEAR his mouth. The other two took a few bites, then bleh. How sad...



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