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Variety: 26 Fruits and Veggies your horse will love you for

One of the biggest challenges our horses face nutritionally is a lack of variety. In the wild they graze and forage on grass, weeds, bark, some types of seeds, and fruit, just to name a few. Due to domestication and human schedules, the majority of horses are on strict, twice daily feeding regimes, where they are fed the same overly processed, nutrient lacking feed at each meal. Not only is this a species inappropriate feeding protocol, but it is also depriving our horses of a much needed variety in nutrients.

So if you're looking for a quick way to add a punch of nutrient density to your horse's diet, here are some raw, easy and safe fruit and vegetable treats they'll love.

Apple - Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin K, Manganese, copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, B1, B2, and B6

Apricot - Vitamins A, C, E, potassium, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin (antioxidants)

Banana - Potassium, Vitamins B6 and C, Magnesium, copper, Manganese

Beetroot - Folate (B9), Potassium, iron, Vitamin C, Manganese

Blackberry - Vitamin C, Manganese, Antioxidants

Blueberry - Potassium, Folate, Vitamin B6, Antioxidants (Have anti-cancer properties)

Cantaloupe - Folic Acid, Zinc, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Vitamin K, Niacin, Choline, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Selenium

Carrot -Vitamins A, K, C, Potassium, Calcium

Celery - Vitamins, A, K, C, Potassium, Folate (aids in digestion)

Coconut - Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, Iron, Selenium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Cucumber - B vitamins, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Phosphorous

Grapes - Vitamins C, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, B6, Potassium, Copper, Manganese

Grapefruit - Vitamins A, C, Potassium, Thiamine, Folate, Magnesium

Honeydew - Potassium, Vitamins C, A, Folate, Magnesium, Choline

Mango (remove pit) - Vitamins C, A, E, B5, B6, K, Copper, Folate, Niacin, Potassium, Riboflavin, Manganese, Thiamine, Magnesium

Orange - Vitamins A, C, Calcium

Parsnip - Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese

Peaches - Vitamins C, E, K, Niacin, Folate, Iron, Choline, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Manganese, Zinc, Copper

Pear - Vitamins C, K, Potassium, Copper

Pineapple - Vitamin C, Manganese, B6, Copper, Thiamin, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Iron

Plum (remove pit) - Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Vitamins C, A, K, Folate

Pumpkin - Vitamins A, C, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, B2, Vitamin E, Iron

Strawberries - Vitamin C, Manganese, Folate, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Vitamins B6, K, E

Sweet Potato - Vitamins A, C, Manganese, B6, Potassium, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Niacin

Turnip - Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Vitamin C

Watermelon (They love the rind too!) - Vitamins, A, B6, C, lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids

Zucchini - Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Vitamins A, C, K, Folic Acid, Antioxidants

**Those horses with HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease), HH or nH, should avoid foods high in potassium.**

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For the horse with IR, currently on a forage diet with normal range Insulin levels...are all the fruits listed above safe sugar levels for him? Thank you, Pam

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In moderation, yes!

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