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Your kindness could kill

There's nothing better than getting out in the countryside for a walk. Many people take carrots and other food to feed horses.

Although this is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful things in our countryside, you should never feed other people's horses, below are a number of reasons why .

  • A lot of horses are on special diets, imagine if everybody that walked past gave a horse something to eat that's a lot of carrots and sweets and to a diabetic horse that could be fatal. There is a lot of sugar in carrots, some horses have issues with a foot problem called Laminitis, sugar in the diet can make this worse resulting in the horse having to be put to sleep. 

  • Horses have a one way digestive tract and are unable to vomit and as such the risk of choking is high which may result in death

  • A lot of human food is poisonous to horses

  • They could also mistake fingers for food and nip, and more importantly they think everyone has food so try to nip others who just want to stroke them

  • Where there is more than one pony/horse in a field feeding them can cause fighting and injury to each other 

Below are links to articles where being fed by people has caused the death of beloved horses

Derbyshire times article
BBC Article
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MEN article
in your area article
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