SUM­MER­TIME SNACK

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

Wa­ter­melon is a fa­vorite pic­nic treat on hot days—and one your horse can also en­joy. Many horses rel­ish the juicy red part of the fruit as well as the harder white­and-green rinds. And be­cause wa­ter­melon con­tains a lot of wa­ter, it can help to keep a horse hy­drated on very hot days.

How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to keep a few pre­cau­tions in mind be­fore of­fer­ing wa­ter­melon to your horse. For one, the fruit is high in nat­u­ral sug­ars, so it isn’t a good choice for horses with a his­tory of in­sulin re­sis­tance or other meta­bolic is­sues. Also, you need to be care­ful about how you of­fer pieces of wa­ter­melon to any horse. Larger chunks of the rind can cause choke if the horse doesn’t chew them thor­oughly. As you would with any snack, cut the fruit into chunks that are smaller than two inches, and avoid of­fer­ing the rind to horses with den­tal is­sues that make chew­ing dif­fi­cult.

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