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Dan Skup
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Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 12:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

hello everybody: in a recent issue of Equus they say that watermelon is a good snack for horses in summer. Does anybody know if they can eat the rind if it is broken up into bite size pieces so they don’t choke on it?

thanks for any insights!

Dan
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Shirley A. Johnson
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 12:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Yes, Dan they can. My mare ate watermelon rine with gusto. Just medium size pieces, like you'd eat. She was fine with it. Shirl
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Karen Nolte
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Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 1:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I give the rind as is to the horses (however big a piece that I had), and they just bite off chunks. I've never had a problem.
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Lisa Brand
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 6:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horses gobble up watermelon rind. I just cut into pieces. Another favorite this time of year is fresh corn husks off your sweet corn. My horses love both these in the summer.
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Holly Wood
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 6:25 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mmmmmmmm . . . and it's almost time for pumpkin, too!Yum!!!
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Dan Skup
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 7:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks to everyone who answered me about the watermelon rinds. I tried them out on my bunch and they’re not sure yet whether they’re into them or not.

Dan
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005 - 8:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Not just watermelon, but all melon, squash, green beans, carrots, apples, potatoes....they love them all. But, if they haven't had them before they sometimes have to acquire the taste. One of our pastures is next to our back yard. The horses are such beggers it is hard to enjoy your dinner sometimes!
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holly hartung
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Posted on Thursday, Sep 1, 2005 - 3:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

In Honduras our horses enjoy mangos and bananas peel and all
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joan vecsey
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Posted on Thursday, Sep 8, 2005 - 12:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

When I purchased 2 young guys from PA I was shocked to hear they eat and other veggies and bread. But they look great. I also give them lettuce, spinach etc.
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Kathy S. Whaling
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Posted on Thursday, Sep 8, 2005 - 3:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What about cabbage leaves?
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