Pumpkin is safe for horses suffering from metabolic problems like Cushing’s or
Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)
, and Insulin Resistance. Pumpkin contains “sugars”, but they don’t cause rapid
increases in blood glucose in horses if given in small amounts.
Pumpkins don’t have many nutrients, as they are almost 90 percent water. However,
they do have a sweet taste and horses can develop a liking for them. The fruit should
be enjoyed as a treat and not as a main part of your horse’s diet. It is best to limit your
pumpkin intake to 2 cups daily or less.
You should use common sense when giving your horse pumpkin. Cut it into
small pieces to avoid choke. Remember that orange pumpkins, which are commonly
used to make jacks-o’-lanterns or pies, are safe for horses. However, other autumn
gourds can be toxic and cause colic, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal irritation.
Pumpkin can be beneficial for your horse’s health in many ways. Pumpkins are
rich in fiber, which promotes digestive health. Vitamin A is essential for your horse’s
eye, bone and reproductive health. Vitamin E will help build strong muscles.
Pumpkin’s minerals, which include calcium, potassium and copper, help
your horse to function at its best. The high water content will keep your horse’s
hoofed friend hydrated.
Horses can safely eat pumpkin flesh, rind and seeds.