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Old 12-03-2006, 01:06 PM  
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Can horses eat bread??

Can horses can eat bread or would it be bad for them. I have a friend that has a bunch of goats and he feeds them bread all the time, he just called to ask if I wanted to try some on my horses. I know that horses and goats stomaches and what they can eat are very different so I thought that I would ask on here and find out if bread is something a horse can eat. I don't want to give my boys anything that might hurt them so I had to ask.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:08 PM  
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I dont know if it would hurt them, but what made you decide bread? There are tons of things out there horses love
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:13 PM  
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Some horse will eat anything. It just depends on you horses taste. I don't think it would hurt them any. but there are alot more healthy snacks to give them
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can horses eat bread?

I give my guys one or two slices as a treat and I haven't noticed any harm in doing so. As I said, just as a treat, never as part of their regular diet. They love bread and fight to be the closest to the fence when they see me feeding bread to the goats and peacocks.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:18 PM  
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If I remember correctly, horses can be diabetic(sp)? And they can eat bread. Can not remember where I read or heard that though...
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I know that there are more healthy things to give them, they have access to hay 24/7 and I feed them a scoop of grain every day and the gelding is fat and healthy and the stud is gaining weight and is healthy. I just wondered about it because my friend gets this bread for free and asked if I wanted some for my horses, I wouldn't be giving it to them all the time, just every now and then feed them a few slices. I just didn't know if it would hurt them to have some.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:23 PM  
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a piece or two of bread will not hurt them.
There is a guy here that feeds his pasture horses day old tortillas. He flings them out in the pasture like frisbees and the horses love them.
I know you were talking about jut treating them.
My horses get the heels off all our loaves. They enjoy them.
SOME horses can have issues with insuling resistance but a normal healthy horse will not suffer from some bread.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:45 PM  
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I guess an answer to my question was "why bread?" Heck if it's free and wont hurt them...then go for it! I wonder if mine will eat bread....
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:49 PM  
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I used to work for friehofer's bakery and a boarder wanted the day old bread for her senior horse. It really helped her gain weight. She got 1/2 a loaf a feeding. I tried to stick to the whole wheat and grain breads, since I had the option.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:52 PM  
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In my family we love bread. I never gave it to my horses (b/c I never thought of it), but my uncle feeds his kids' pony bread all the time.

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Old 12-03-2006, 02:02 PM  
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My horse will eat PB and J, she is still alive.


Seriously though, I knew a guy that fed his draft horses day old bread from the bakery. He swore by it-said it helped them keep weight.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:07 PM  
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I feed my 36yrs old bread all the time it helps her keep weight on becuase of her age
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I thought the bread kills goats? something to do with the yeast.

A friend feeds his horse's bread and expired yogurt with the live culture bacteria. He say's the the yeast is great for the horses and the bacteria helps their digestive system.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:30 PM  
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I sometimes give my horses bread. I tend to give it to them stale though they seem to like it crispy and hard.
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:11 PM  
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The baking process kills the active yeast in bread.
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:36 PM  
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Heck, I've got one that will eat Spaghetti with Marinara sauce and he's still alive

I give mine anything except meat as a treat. If I'm eating it, they all want it

Whole grain bread is probably a tasty treat for them, especially the honey wheat
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:48 PM  
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They really liked the Honey oat bread!!!
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:49 PM  
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Funny

I feed my goats pretzels and cheese crackers left over from the kids at school...the minis LOVE them. Bread, too. And they're fine.
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Ours love bread! We used to have a friend get tons of loaves from the Butternut Outlet. We'd throw the bread out to them, and they gobbled it up!
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:30 PM  
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My old gelding used to dine with the chickens when bread was tossed in the backyard. They shared quite nicely.
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