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Katt

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Katt says:

Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

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classicalfan

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classicalfan says:

Re: Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

No not at all.  In fact most horse love nettles that have been cut and left to wilt.  You may find that they even dig up the roots and eat those as they are rich in minerals.

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ella321

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ella321 says:

RE: Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

im fairly sure mine eat them, and its not done them any damage !

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Emily_Mary

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Emily_Mary says:

RE: Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

Horses will not eat anything that they arent suppose to, if they are lacking in some vitamins then they may pick up these things, my mare loves the nettles when they are dry and my friends mare likes the flowers off thistles, so I am sure no harm will be done if they eat them! Hope this helps! xx

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Carole08

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Carole08 says:

RE: Are thistles and stinging nettles bad for horses to eat?

dried nettles are brilliant! they have heaps of goodness, good for circulation, have natural anti histamines, great for lammy sufferers and lots more. Type in 'wilted nettles' on the internet and see what you find :) Have started giving it to my pony as a treat. He loves it and I know it is doing him good. I plan to dry some off, grind it, store it and add it to his feed in winter when nettles have died off. Recommended amount for a shetland is about 10/20g, or about 1 stems' worth. hmm. I wont go mad, but know it will do him heaps of good. He suffers from lammy and sweet itch. Wear gloves!!

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