|Michigan 13 year old TWH
Question: Will treats cause my horse to founder? The owner of
the barn where I stable my horse has told another horse owner that her
use of treats has caused her horse, an Appaloosa, to founder. Can
apples, carrots and an occasional molassas/apple treat cause founder?
From Panelist Nancy
From Panelist Liz
From Panelist Theresa
Founder,a condition in horses, is a circulatory condition causing inflammation. It is typically induced by a bodys hormonal response, chemical imbalance, or stress.
Some horses that are prone to founder conditions (thyroid, previous founder, or severe imbalances in their chemisty) may need to be kept on a strict eating schedule. This could include timing of meals, quantity, and what they are eating.
Horses suffering from mechanical (stress) founder typcially are managed through corrective hoof work, bute/banamine and usually are not affected from minor dietary changes.
In general, occasional cookies, carrots, apples and other treats are fine for the horses. Stallions or young horses, and mouthy horses should be fed chopped pieces in their feed mangers, versus hand feeding so they don't develop dangerous habits.
Hope this brief overview helped,
From Panelist Liz
Just about anything fed in excess will cause a horse to founder. An occasional apple or carrot (one a day) won't harm your horse unless he/she is obese or has an allergy to those things. A bushel basket of apples or carrots could indeed make a horse founder.
From Panelist Erica
Occasional treats will not cause a horse to founder (as long as they are not HUGE amounts of anything - especially molasses and grain).
Founder is caused by many different things. The most common cause of
From Panelist Carol
I 've never heard of treats causing a horse to founder, although it might be possible if the horse ate a whole bushel of apples, for instance. I seriously doubt if treats caused the founder.
Carol Camp Tosh
From Panelist Stella
It would have to be some incredibly ENORMOUS amount of apples or sugar
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