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    Default can horses eat lettuce?

    Sounds crazy but can you feed horses lettuce? I just read somewhere that no, as it will give them colic. Is this right? I occasionally give mine lettuce as he loves it, but now worry that it has been a bad call!!!

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    If you fed him a tonne of lettuce, he might have a problem but I once got a pony from a fruiterer, he ate melon and bananas, pineapple and apples, carrots, turnips [swedes], and anything put in front of him, just not all on the same day.

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    Mine dont like it but cannot understand how it could be harmful in any way.
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    Thumbs up Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    I've been giving it to my pony (in moderation) for years, he loves it and he's 31 now !!

    Love broccli too I always get him some if its on special offer
    My Shetland Pony loves Raspberries
    and my cob mare loves Parsnips

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    I shall carry on then, as he loves it!!! May try some other little bits as well, other than the usual carrots and apples!!

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    Mine get the outer leaves and celery.

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    I was told not to feed it to my bearded dragon, because apparently it contains a sedative! I'm not sure that it would be enough to affect a horse though!

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson View Post
    I was told not to feed it to my bearded dragon, because apparently it contains a sedative! I'm not sure that it would be enough to affect a horse though!
    Our vet said you shouldn't give it to guinea-pigs either. Lettuce apparently contains chemicals similar to laudenum, morphine and opiates and can have a tramquilizing effect.
    I'm off to Tesco's first thing to get some as it's cheaper than wine!

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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
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    I'm off to Tesco's first thing to get some as it's cheaper than wine!
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    Default Re: can horses eat lettuce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
    Our vet said you shouldn't give it to guinea-pigs either. Lettuce apparently contains chemicals similar to laudenum, morphine and opiates and can have a tramquilizing effect.
    I'm off to Tesco's first thing to get some as it's cheaper than wine!
    Maybe that will explain why my dog goes nuts for it!!! Doesn't appear to have any calming effects though.
    I'm sure that a little won't harm a horse, but anything like cabbage and sprouts are not good for them as digesting them produces gas, so can cause colic.

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