Yes, horses can eat bread! The equine diet already consists largely of grains and oats, so bread (especially wholegrain) isn’t much different. The main thing that we advise is to ensure that any bread you are feeding your horse is fresh and not moldy or stale in any way. You should always ensure that all foods you feed your horse are 100% fresh.
Many horse owners recommend feeding horses bread if they need to gain weight. Bread is a much more concentrated, rich source of food than a horse is used to so a couple of slices a few times a week can go a long way towards helping an underweight horse gain fat and muscle.
Whilst bread is great for an occasional treat we do not recommend that horses eat regularly. This is because bread is a very rich food that can cause stomach upsets or tooth decay if a horse has too much. Make sure you’re only feeding your horse a slice or two a week if you’ve decided your horse loves bread!
Bread isn’t very sweet, nor does it smell like fresh fruit or vegetables. This means some horses may be reluctant to eat bread. This doesn’t mean that bread is bad for your horse, just that you are going to have to figure out something else to use as a treat for your friend.
If you are really determined to get your horse to eat some slices of bread then you might want to sweeten the deal a little by adding some peanut butter. Just make sure that you’re using a brand that doesn’t contain chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are bad for horses and can even make them fail drug tests!
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