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Old 10-14-2008, 04:06 PM  
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Crab Apples

May sound like a stupid question, but i would rather be safe than sorry.

I feed my horses apples and they just LOVE them, I was recently given a big bag of crab apples for the horses and would like to know if they are safe for horses to eat?
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:17 PM  
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That is an interesting question...I would wait to see if someone really knows the answer to this after all not all apples are edible (road apples) lol
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Hmm, I've never really thought about that, and I can't really answer your question, but, I've fed my horses crab apples many times without any problems. I don't feed them a whole bag or anything but enough that if it was going to hurt them I would know...hope that helps a little

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Old 10-14-2008, 08:39 PM  
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I would say that the odd treat here and there is fine. To give them too many all at once, I believe can upset their system.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:13 PM  
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I bought a horse 3 weeks ago at the auction.She is underweight and not in great shape,she also picked up a bug from the auction.The Vet was out to check her and I told her I was feeding her crab apples as a treat and she was very encouraging of it.We talked about a alot of stuff so I don't remember all but I do recall her saying they were VERY good for her a good source of vitamins and especially vitamin D( I think) .Our new horse Sparten loves them and they have been a great source of bonding for us.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:09 PM  
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Oh Wow, that is interesting to know.
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I never thought of that! We have a crab apple tree in our yard that has been faithfully producing wheelbarrow fulls of crab apples maybe we will feed some to the horses now. Well... in the spring... or whenever there are crab apples...
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:26 PM  
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Crabapples are great for horses - probably better than the sweeter domesticated varieties, as they have less sugar.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:55 AM  
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Just don't feed too many...

My horses won't touch them -- too bitter I guess.
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I feed a few at a time to my guys. I roll them into their pasture and it is histarticle watching them walk around with their noses down like bloodhounds trying to find them. Never had any health problems. Hubby swears anything I give them is bad for them though! lol
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my TB mare loves crabapples. i would only give her one or two a day. My 7 month old filly has a thing for red grapes..lol
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Our neighbors have a bunch of crab apple trees, and my food vaccumes Mac and Stormy love them, but my picky horses won't touch them. Rocket will only eat baby carrots and cut up sweet apples.
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I bought a horse 3 weeks ago at the auction.She is underweight and not in great shape,she also picked up a bug from the auction.The Vet was out to check her and I told her I was feeding her crab apples as a treat and she was very encouraging of it.We talked about a alot of stuff so I don't remember all but I do recall her saying they were VERY good for her a good source of vitamins and especially vitamin D( I think) .Our new horse Sparten loves them and they have been a great source of bonding for us.
Good to know this information. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:38 PM  
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The crab apples on my tree are tiny the size of blueberries and the birds get them long before they fall from the tree. So the horses have to wait for my brother to gather the real apples from some old trees in his backyard!
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Thanks for all the responses, I didnt think anyone answered me, because I was not sent any e-mails I am glad i came back in here to look.


I dont know if they will eat them or not, but my son went up north apple picking, an brought me home a whole bushel basket of crab apples for the horses. I will make sure i dont let them eat too many, If they eat them at all.
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