Healthy Horses can be safely fed almonds with no ill effects, when fed in moderation. They contain Vitamin E, copper, manganese, Biotin, unsaturated and monosaturated fats, and other nutrients that are good for a horse’s hoof health.
Note: A lot of people generally mistake almonds for nuts, they’re simply fruits known as drupes. Plus, they grow in trees like plums, and as soon as they’re set for harvesting, the dry hull is taken away.
Benefits of Almonds to Horses
- They improve your horse’s overall immune system
- They boost your equine gastrointestinal health
- They can fight off inflammations too.
Now, there are correct and incorrect way to feed your horse almonds. Let’s check out some of them.
Factors to Consider When Feeding Almonds to Your Horse
Almonds aren’t nuts. They’re fruits that grow as seeds within an outer casing known as a hull.
Factors to consider when feeding your hose almonds include
- The hulls
- Quantity of almonds
- Health status of your horse
- Almond butter
Can Horses eat Almond Hulls?
Dried hulls contain super-fibers (up to 15%) and are easily digested when consumed by horses. So, yeah, almond hulls are safe for horses.
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What amount of Almond is safe for my Horse?
Almonds are high in fat and as such, you should feed no more than 6 or 8 almonds as treat per day, but no more than that is safe, in my opinion.
Can Horses eat Almond Leaves?
Almond leaves aren’t safe for horses. Thus, you should never feed your horse almond leaves, not even as a treat.
Additionally, avoid feeding leaves of plants/fruits like cherries, plums, and peaches. They bear grave consequences when consumed.
Can Horses eat Almond Butter?
Almond butter can be fed to horses, as treats, occasionally. It should be offered in small quantities as some horses do not like the texture of either almond or peanut butter.
Can Horses Eat Almond Flour?
Almond flour is safe for horses to eat. To prepare, simply get 1/4 cup almond flour or meal once or twice a day. If you are going to use whole almonds and grind them, 1/2 cup whole almonds will yield 1/4 cup ground almonds and make it as part of their diet.
And don’t hesitate to take a handful of almonds yourself: the nutrition in almonds is very beneficial to riders!
My horses prefer natural almond flour because the skins haven’t been taken away and they contain bioflavonoids.
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Can Horses Eat Nuts?
Horses should not be fed peanuts. It just isn’t worth the drama that comes with it.
Here are other types of nuts to avoid: black walnuts, buckeyes, sago palm, and acorns