Can horses eat celery? Good or Harmful

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Can horses eat celery? Good or Harmful

Can horses eat celery? If you are asking yourself this question, you have probably eaten celery for dinner and your brain immediately jumped into wondering if it was an appropriate food for the horse or not.

Don’t worry: it’s not an unusual question! After all, wanting to give your horse “human” food is normal and it’s important to ask yourself whether or not it’s safe to give it to your horse before putting it in Its bowl.

Back to the starting point, yes, the horse can absolutely eat celery. Whether he wants to or not is another question.

Can horses eat celery?

Absolutely! Celery contains no chemicals, sugar, too many carbohydrates, kernels, or seeds. Nothing that would increase the risk of choking, nothing that would sound like a threat of poisoning or upset the digestive system.

Do horses like to eat celery?

While some horses love the texture and crunchiness of celery, others aren’t particularly fond of it. Since celery is neither too sweet nor too strong in flavor, the horse may not like it.

This denial doesn’t mean the horse finds celery unsafe, it just doesn’t like the taste. You can make an effort and try reintroducing celery later, adding it to other foods to make it tastier.

Method of preparation

Like all fruits and vegetables that you give to the horse, it’s always important to make sure that you wash and cut the celery into small pieces. You don’t want to risk suffocation from too big a hit!

While many people may choose not to use celery leaves in their cooking, that doesn’t mean they aren’t edible or your horse can’t enjoy them. If prepared correctly, they will be a real treat for the horse who will appreciate both the stems and the leaves.

Another method is to give the horse celery directly from your own hands. By making it long enough to keep your fingers out of its mouth, celery can be used to train the horse. Nor does it cause damage to equine health, unlike other fruits that are particularly rich in sugar or chemically treated.

Nutritional value

An excellent addition to the horse’s diet, celery has excellent nutritional value, especially from a fiber standpoint. And fiber is essential for the functioning and maintenance of the horse’s digestive system. It is, therefore, full of vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Folate or vitamin B9 which aids in the development of white and red blood cells and helps break down carbohydrates for energy.
  • Vitamin C, essential for the production of collagen and to repair damaged tissues.
  • Collagen, an essential protein that helps build skin, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body.
  • Phosphorus, essential for the growth and development of the horse’s teeth and bones.
  • Magnesium, which helps muscles and nerves.
  • Vitamin A, present in the form of retinol, which takes care of the horse’s eyesight and skin, and beta-carotene, an antioxidant that prevents harmful substances from damaging the cells of the horse’s body.

Celery also contains a large amount of water, which helps keep the horse well hydrated.

That said, celery is certainly a healthy treat from a nutritional point of view, compared to sugar-rich fruits bought at the supermarket.

Moderate amounts

Regardless of all the benefits, it must be remembered that celery is not a natural component in the horse’s daily diet. That’s why it’s best to only give It moderate amounts, as a snack – no more than two pounds at each meal. No one wants the horse to gorge on snacks and neglect nutrition.

A substitute for supermarket snacks

Diabetes or insulin resistance is a common condition in horses. What this means is that, practically, the horse’s body has difficulty processing sugar, which is present in all supermarket snacks. Recent studies have shown that not only hay and grass contain sugars, but even carbohydrates can lead to a problem called laminitis.

Therefore, if the horse is diabetic, it must be ensured that any potentially harmful substances are not present in its diet. A good substitute is always vegetables, low in sugar but high in fiber, and celery is an example.

Returning to the original question, yes, horses can eat celery but in moderation. A stalk or two are useful to avoid supplying the horse with a large load of sugars, usually present in supermarket snacks.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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