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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Fruit Trees

Dear Dr. Getty,
There are 3 fruit trees that overhang the pasture in which I keep my apricot, a plum and an apple, all of which drop fruit. I've been scrambling to clean up the droppings as fast as possible, but don't get them all.

Are my horses in danger eating droppings from these trees. I have to watch the apple for choke because they're tiny right now. What about the apricot pits? I heard the gelding cruntching one the other day.

Love to have the opportunity to tell you how much your this forum is appreciated and how interesting I find it. Thank you for doing it.

Where are you from? Arizona

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Re: Fruit Trees

Hi Pam,

Thanks for writing. The fruit itself will not harm your horses. However, eating too many apricot and plum pits is not a good idea. Most horses will not chew them (they do not taste good!), so check to see if there are pits on the ground. If they chew an occasional pit, I would not be overly concerned. But, if you find that they are consuming large amounts, then you'll need to see what you can do to either remove the trees or block them from eating the fruit.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Colorado