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Old 05-22-2007, 03:54 PM  
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Watermelon Rinds?

So in the June issue of EQUUS it says:

Concerned that your horse doesn't drink enough to stay healthy in warm weather? Try feeding him watermelon. It's about 93 percent water and most horses find it very tasty. You can feed both the sweet pulp --including the seeds-- and the hard rind. Offer small chunks that won't cause choke if your horse doesn't chew them completly.


Well, I have given my horses the red part before but never the rind.
I always thought this was bad for them.???
Its great if they can have it...because what else to do with the rind part.??
We love summer watermelon around here.
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Mine eat the whole thing.

I'll throw an entire watermelon out and break it open and as fast as they can grab it and fight over it, it's gone.
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:03 PM  
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Yep, most of mine eat the whole thing. they like it..
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my old arab gelding LOVED watermelon rind. and bananas with the peel on.
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:06 PM  
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We've alway thrown our rines over the fence to the horses. We were careful not too give them a HUGE amount. Like anything else if you give too much it might hurt. But I'd think it would have to be a lot
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:45 PM  
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gracie loves watermelon but i've never tried the rind, but watermelon is her absolute favorite treat
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:41 PM  
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My horses are totally weird - they look at me like I'm insane when I try feeding them watermelon.

Goofy beasts.
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Re: Watermelon Rinds?

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So in the June issue of EQUUS it says:
Hey no fair I didn't get mine yet! I think they forgot about me.

I have heard of it before, but never actually tried it. Some horses wil eat anything
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:59 PM  
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My ex-boyfriend's horse, Chance, would tie himself in a knot for watermelon! I entered him into a watermelon eating contest at one of the chuckwagon races! The sad part is that the guy almost beat him!!!

After that, I took some with me for me to eat.... And couldn't keep his head out of my lap, I was ON him at the time!!!
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Mine only eats the pink part... Which, come to think of it.. I need to start feeding her some... She doesn't drink at all while she's stalled... It worries me sometimes... But I've started soaking Alfalfa cubes in water at night for her to eat so she's getting some source of water... We'll see.
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Yep, and then watermelons grow in your pasture...more eating for the horses!
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Yep, and then watermelons grow in your pasture...more eating for the horses!
WoW!! That'd be cool. We mow occasionally though, so doubt they'd make it!

I feel like a bad mom! My family's so greedy we won't feed the good part to the horses!! We do, however save all the rinds in a large Zip-loc in the fridge and take it out to the barn when we go. 3 out of the 4 think it's the best treat ever, the other one doesn't care for it at all (but he's picky about everything). The best part is, it's free, and I feel like I'm recycling. Cuts down on my carrot bills for the summer at least
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:29 PM  
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Every horse I've ever had has LOVED watermelon, rind included. My house pigs do too, but they usually just get the rinds because they have to compete with us for the pink part.
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When I was thirteen my mare Midnight escaped her pasture and went through the neighbors watermelon field, she would slam her foot into one eat the heart (center) and then move on to the next one. I had to spend a lot of time that summer working in the mans produce stand to repay him. By the way Midnight at 43 still loves watermelon.
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watermelon rind

Man, my horses slobber like crazy when I bring out the watermelon rind. I grew up in Alaska, where watermelon is a bit pricey. I guess I am still stuck there in my mind, 'cause I eat every last bite of it, then give the horses the left over rind. They don't mind. They think they are living high on the hog! Ignorance is bliss I guess.
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Yep, and then watermelons grow in your pasture...more eating for the horses!
Yup, and they grow REAL WELL out there, too...but just before you think they are ready to pick, they evaporate.

My old riding instructor got a bunch of watermellons and put them out in her pasture and let the horses out. They were all very curious about them, sniffing them, nosing them, but not eating them. Then her newest boarder walked up and right away he very carefully put his hoof right in the middle of one and gently smooshed it a bit, then started hogging it down. Within seconds, there wasn't an intact watermellon left, and within a few minutes there wasn't a sign that any watermellons had ever existed, except for wet sticky muzzles on happy horses.

I understand horses will also eat pumpkins, honeydews and cantalope as well as most types of squash - but don't give them zuchini, it can cause gas colic (it's not a real squash, anyway). If you get your mellons or squash from the store, wash it reall good before you feed it to get any pesticides or other chemicals off.
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Growing up our horses would go berzerk over watermelon rinds. Never game them the red parts cuz we ate that!!! But they would drool and get super slobbery.. they loved em!
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:44 AM  
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One year I planted watermelon and cantaloupe, only I planted them too close together and they cross-pollinated...I ended up with "waterloupe"!
We did not think they tasted very good, but the horses LOVED them!
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My horses are totally weird - they look at me like I'm insane when I try feeding them watermelon.

Goofy beasts.
Heck, mine do that with apples...
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Yep, and then watermelons grow in your pasture...more eating for the horses!
WoW!! That'd be cool. We mow occasionally though, so doubt they'd make it!

I feel like a bad mom! My family's so greedy we won't feed the good part to the horses!! We do, however save all the rinds in a large Zip-loc in the fridge and take it out to the barn when we go. 3 out of the 4 think it's the best treat ever, the other one doesn't care for it at all (but he's picky about everything). The best part is, it's free, and I feel like I'm recycling. Cuts down on my carrot bills for the summer at least
We do he same thing. One time we threw the rinds from about 5 watermelons and they were gone in 5 minutes.
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