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Ruth Powning
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Username: Chance1

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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 1:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have read in earlier postings that 1 carrot 4x/day is a good rule for carrots. What are the signs and consequences of too many carrots or too much Vitamin A? Thanks!}
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Christos Axis
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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 2:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

There's an article, Ruth, under:
Care of the Horse >> Nutrition >> Vit A and horses.
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Ruth Powning
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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 3:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks, Christos. I missed that one when I did my search. My horse, Chance, and his pasture mate are getting about a pound of carrots each a day and neither seems to exhibit any ill effects. Are they in danger? By the way, they are NOT handfed, not that that would make any difference in the effect they may have on them.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 6:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shouldn't be a problem Ruth as long as their condition is not fat or worse. For more on the nutritional profile of fresh carrots see, Care for Horses » Nutrition » Nutritional Content of Common Feedstuffs for Horses. Note that though the dry matter content is similar to grain they are almost 90% water.
DrO
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Ruth Powning
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:39 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Dr. O! Neither of them are fat so they'll be happy they can continue with their treats each day! Here's a pic of Chance. As you can see, he's pretty fit. Cheers!Chance
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ruth, He's gorgeous. The exact same color as Sierra, though she had the black points. Looks like a real sweet guy. Happy trails. Shirl
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Little King Ranch
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

We had a racehorse several years ago who was a light golden bay. The trainer's little daughter loved to feed him carrots, lots of carrots. His coat took a slightly orange hue that summer, have no idea if it was the carrots or not. He loved them and it didn't seem to hurt him any. EO
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I know some birds in zoos they feed carrots and shrimp so they keep their orange hue, so could be! I've been following this to see if it's possible to feed too many carrots. Our horses get quite a few, and when I used to hang around Del Mar track (many yrs. ago!) the horses at some of the barns ate tons of carrots.
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Christos Axis
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ruth, he looks so sweet that I'd give him some 10 kgr of carrots a day.
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Ruth Powning
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks, Shirl. He is a sweet guy these days and I just adore him. He used to be a biter, but he seems to have gotten past that. He bit off the end of my thumb a couple of years back and ate it...then I bought him! I guess I like a challenge!

EO and Sara, I think there is something to carrots and color. In the summer he has a very coppery, orange shine to his coat.

Christos, it's hard for me not to give him anything he wants, so I'm glad to hear he can continue with the carrots! It's raining here so I just went to hang out with him for a few hours. I can't get enough and he seems to enjoy the company.

Thanks, All! Happy trails, Ruth
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Brandi Reinert
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 2:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just took a nutrition class where we learned that too much beta-carotene can turn our skin an orange color, so maybe it can affect the haircoat in a similar way. I find that very interesting.
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Christos Axis
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 4:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'd be very interested in the effects of too many carrots on a white horse's colour. That'd be something, wouldn't it?
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Christos Axis
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 4:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Something like this, perhaps?



Sorry, couldn't help it.
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Aileen
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 5:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ruth, your boy is gorgeous!

Christos! Shame on you! I now need a cover for my computer screen.
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Susan Bilsky
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 5:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

According to my guy, one can never have enough carrots. I do keep the amount down to about 1 lb. a day. The carrots are considered a treat for him and are fed out of a feed bucket or on the ground.
My buddy is a red or a blood bay, so I can't really say if the carotene in carrots is having that effect on him. His skin underneath is mostly black.
I suppose if your horse was having troubles with Cushings or some other insulin related problems then don't feed. As far as I am concerned carrots are a nice treat for horses and safe, but don't make them a large part of your horses' diet.

Hope this makes sense .

Susan B.
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 5:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Christos-what a "lovely peach color!" Wonder how many pounds of carrots you'd have to feed to get that color? I suspect the horse would OD on carrots before it turned....but, the palms of people's hand turn color, as do birds....hope you aren't starting a new "trend!"
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 12:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Susan, Ya you are right about no carrots for Cushings or I.R. horses. Until I had experience with that fact I always thought carrots had less sugar in them than apples. Not So! They are both big no, no's for horses with the above problems. So everyone, take it easy, a little bit is better than having to eliminate all. Been there and done that. Shirl
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Fran C
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Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 8:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Christos...I'm laughing my **s off at your creation. Thanks for the day brightener.

If I could get my husband to remember to buy carrots every time he goes to the store, we could test the turn-the white-horse-orange theory on my mare (yikes!), but hubby rarely thinks of the horse treats (I suppose I should count myself lucky that he does the shopping...
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Holly Zukowski
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Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 12:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Fran, most supermarkets carry those big 25 lb. bags of mutant carrots for a very cheap price. A couple of bags of those and you could have an orange horse.
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Lee
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Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 5:24 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Christos: HOW MUCH YOU WANT FOR THAT HORSE?????!!! When I mess up my hair dye no one will notice! Or....maybe it would be easier to just say that I ate too many carrots....
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