Yes, horses can and will eat oranges! In fact the occasional orange can be great for a horses diet as they are an excellent source of Vitamin C.
It is already advised by most veterinarians that young foals eat food with Vitamin C supplements mixed in with their food. Furthermore, older horses can benefit greatly from having Vitamin C in their diet.
Vitamin C aids collagen synthesis and acts as a natural antihistamine. This means that not only will a horse have better muscles and joints given adequate Vitamin C in their diet, but also they will suffer less from inflammation and infection. If that wasn’t enough Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant which has been linked to reducing the effect of ageing in horses (and people too!).
Can Horses Eat Orange Peel?
Yes! Horses are also more than capable to eat and digest the orange peel from oranges. Some horses may opt to ignore oranges if they still have their peel on though, as it has a much more bitter taste when compared with the heart of an orange.
If at first your horse rejects eating orange then trying peeling off the skin and try again. The sweet smell will likely be too much to resist the second time!
In order to prepare oranges for horses we advise that you thoroughly clean the orange in cold water and then cut it into quarters. These quarters can then be hand fed to a horse one at a time or placed in a water or food bucket for the horse to eat normally.
As with all foods on this website we recommend that you only feed your horse a small amount of them: no more than 1 or 2 oranges a week. All things in moderation! In the case of oranges the citric acid they contain might unsettle your horses stomach if they eat them too often.
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