Yes, horses can eat corn! Corn products are actually part of a lot of horse feeds that you might very well already be feeding your horse. Most “sweet feeds” will contain around 20-30% corn already.
However, when feeding your horse corn there are a few things that you are going to want to take into consideration. Firstly, because of the fact that corn is full of starch it is not suitable for horses which are overweight or have a carefully monitored diet. Furthermore corn is sometimes called a “hot” food by owners because some say that it causes hyperactivity for a while after consumption. When feeding your horse corn make sure you’re feeding it to them in reasonable quantities to avoid the effects that a lot of starch can have.
We recommend that you never feed your horse more than 1 or 2 pounds of corn products a day. Even then make sure that you do so as part of a balanced diet.
When feeding your horse corn it is also important to make sure that it is fully clean and mold free. You should never feed corn to a horse straight from being picked out of a field. If corn is not cleaned and prepared properly then your horse will be at risk of a stomach upset and potentially colic from the mold that it has ingested.
Finally, there are some horses which will be allergic to corn. If you have not contacted your veterinarian regarding food allergies in your horse then you may wish to do so. Before you feed your horse corn is it probably advisable that you give your horse a very small amount first and watch for any adverse reactions.
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