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What do Horses Eat

Horses are hoofed mammals that have 24 teeth specially adapted for chewing their favorite foods. But what are these favorite foods? What do horses eat? This post will answer that question, and also look at some interesting facts about horses.

What do Horses Eat?

Horses love to eat grass and plant materials. They eat what are known as legumes. The best known legumes are peas, beans, peanuts, lentils, alfalfa and carob. Horse owners usually feed their horses a mixture of grass and legumes which is called hay. Some owners feed horses oats and corn (maize). Horses also enjoy eating fruit, especially apples. Carrots are also given to some horses as a treat. Horses also need a high amount of salt in their diets, because they drink a lot of water. Owners usually leave a pile of salt (sometimes called a salt lick) that horses will lick during the day.

Interesting Facts about Horses

  • China has the world’s largest population of horses, with over 8 million of them!
  • Horses were voted as the fourth favorite animal in a worldwide poll. It was beaten by the tiger, the dog and the dolphin.
  • Horse meat is consumed in some parts of the world and is exported from the United States.
  • Police officers sometimes ride horses to control large crowds and patrol the streets.
  • Horses can sleep both standing up and laying down.
  • Horses are pregnant for 335-340 days.
  • The oldest horse, ‘Old Billy’, lived to be 62 years old.
  • Vets look at a the teeth of a horse to work out how old they are.

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(29) Comments

  1. WOW thats cool … im emma as u can see i love love love horses im 9 years old and i adore horses.. i was wondering i’ve always dreamed to have a horse- I’d call it Susie- I KNOW WEIRD. Anyway do they eat lettuce?

  2. Horses find it hard to digest the celery ‘strings’ so you should avoid giving a horse too much celery. Some horses do not like celery and will not eat it at all.

  3. is there anything else horses eat? I found a horse cooped up in a medium small front yard in e.p.a by whole house bbulding supply, walking around in its own poop and i want to help it.

  4. Madison,

    If you think a horse is being mistreated then the best thing to do is call the police in your area.

  5. Yep- horses can eat rushes. However, some species of the weed are poisonous so it is best to check before giving any to a horse.

  6. Want to know it

    Yes they can eat both cheese and polo mints. However, they should only be given as treats.

  7. yes my horse loves eating cookies and any thing with sugar, but i assume that it would be bad if they ate too much sugar. she also love cantalope

  8. Too much sugar is as bad for horses as it is humans. Most horses will eat fruits such as apples,however,and they are healthy for them.

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