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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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I have recently found that my horses love citrus, I have had to fence off the citrus trees to keep them out. They now "demand" a tangerine, orange or grapefruit after their evening feed. Is this or can it become a problem? Can they eat too much of it? How much is too much? Is there something they are missing in their diets? I don't want any harm to come to them from this new "Must Have" they have developed.

Where are you from? Florida

How did you locate this forum? web search

Re: Citrus

Hi JoAnne,

To my knowledge, there is no problem in horse's eating citrus fruits. So, giving them one a day is fine. If they were to get hold of a whole tree's worth, they would likely suffer from some loose stools! But, they are not toxic.

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, as you know, but they are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and folic acid. Your horses likely enjoy them for their taste, rather than because of a nutrient deficiency. So, as long as your diet is balanced, this is not a concern.

Thanks for asking!

Dr. Getty