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Old 08-03-2008, 06:32 PM  
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Question Lettuce & Horses,, will they get sick????

Hi all, When my barn mate went out to feed tonight there were a few heads lettuce in the pasture, can horses eat that. We don't know who put them out there, some of the heads were picked apart. Any thought about this?? Thanks Deb
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:36 PM  
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glad you asked that because I have always wondered the same thing. what else other than carrots and apples can you give your horse?
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:39 PM  
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Curiosity wins, I can't see how it would hurt them since it's mostly water, but...anybody know for sure?
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:49 PM  
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Nah it's not going to hurt them. Several times a growing season my gelding lets himself and his pasture buddy out and they visit my garden. Usually they demolish the lettuce, carrot tops, green bean plants and beet tops. Oh, and if he happens to squish a watermelon and it opens, they eat that. No bad effects have occured to day and this has been years...like 8 years now he has been doing this
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:52 PM  
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nope it wont hurt them my horses love it
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:10 PM  
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mine like mangos, papaya, strawberrys and banana's
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:33 PM  
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We used to feed ours the lettuce that got overgrown from the garden as well as a variety of other garden veggies.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:42 PM  
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Lettuce can have a bacteria on it that doesn't affect us because of our body mass (and I would expect the same for horses since they weigh so much) but when I worked in a pet shop I was taught to never recommend it for small animals (rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs ect.) because it could make them sick...
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Thanks for everyone responds, my mare coliced real bad about a month ago, she had so much gas in her bowl that the vet popped a tube in her side to let the air out, it sounded like air comming out of a tire, the vet said if I would of gotten to the barn an hour later I might of come up on a dead horse, thank god it all worked out, now I watch anything she eats, better to be safe then sorry.... Thanks, Deb
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Lettuce can have a bacteria on it that doesn't affect us because of our body mass (and I would expect the same for horses since they weigh so much) but when I worked in a pet shop I was taught to never recommend it for small animals (rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs ect.) because it could make them sick...
I never heard that before. I always fed my gerbil and my rabbits all the lettuce they wanted. I stayed away from bitter lettuces like raddichio because I assumed they wouldn't like the, but I gave them all sorts of other varieties.
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I never heard that before. I always fed my gerbil and my rabbits all the lettuce they wanted. I stayed away from bitter lettuces like raddichio because I assumed they wouldn't like the, but I gave them all sorts of other varieties.
NOt sure about horses, but I have heard this about small animals. It can give them diarrhea and make them VERY sick.

ETA: I just wanted to let you know that you have a beautiful mare.
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I have given lettuce to horses with no ill effects. Is your mare a saddlebred???? She is really pretty!
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Yes, she is a 14yr Saddlebred, but she thinks she is 5yr, she is most of the time a good horse, but when she wants, she can be sooo bratty. Thanks Deb

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