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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Potato peels

Dr. Getty,

A friend's child at my yard is feeding her pony potato peelings. I was told years ago that horses shouldn't eat them but I can't remember why.


Re: Potato peels

Hello Justine,

Ripe potatoes won’t poison a horse however, as potatoes age, a green pigment develops under the skin that contains alkaloids. These are dangerous compounds that can cause damage to the nervous system, leading to depression, weakness, diarrhea, and sometimes colic.

So, I would not feed potato peelings. It is far too risky.

All the best,

Dr. Getty