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    I need advice!

    Hi everyone! I'm new here. I was just wondering if it's okay to feed a horse a cheeseburger. My cousin does and I know you shouldn't feed a horse anything dairy. Meat isn't good for them either. I've already told her once that it's not good but she acts like a know it all and says "it is too, she hasn't gotten sick yet!" She also feeds her chicken! So I need some advice. Thank you!
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    Well looking back into ancient times I cant seem to find a horse that was Carnivorous. I think not to feed it meat.
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    Yeah but when I tell her not to feed it meat she ignores me or yells at me.

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    Is anyone there? I'm worried about her horse. It's not a daily thing more like a weekly thing. I don't know what to do!

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    Do you have a vet friend that can call her and explain to her that she shouldn't be doing that. Vets are there to help. I'm sure the local farm animal vet would be happy to do it.
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    Yes I suppose the vet could help. Thanks so much! You really helped!

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    No, it isn't safe to feed horses anything that isn't regular in their diet. I USED to give my horse m&m's. I think I did it like twice, and stopped, it isn't safe, and they could get very sick. I'm actually surprised the horse would even eat meat. I've offered my horse other food besides fruit and veggies (not with the intentions of giving it to him, but just curious), but he doesn't even seem interested in it.
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    Horses probably cannot even digest the cheese and the burger itself, like we cannot survive on hay. Our digestive systems are made to handle different things. The bun may be okay ... But the rest probably gives the horse a bellyache, and if nothing else, makes him eat less food that he actually CAN digest and derive nutrition from because he's already eaten something.

    Have a veterinarian explain to her how silly that is.

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    Does anybody think it could be a sign of malnutrition?

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    Does anybody think it could be a sign of malnutrition?
    Like, that she's not feeding it correctly? If she is feeding the horse soley on cheeseburgers...than yes. A lady I knew used to feed her horse beer, cake, chicken, etc. It seemed fine, but it was found dead in a small paddock when it was only 24, no symptoms of anything, maybe a heart attack? I'm sure this had something to do with it. If the horse is skinny, has a poor coat, lack of energy, bad hooves, it would show malnutrition. If this is the case, call your local animal control to take a look, even if they don't do anything, this might serve as a warning for her.

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    I would just hate for her horse to get taken away though. She doesn't grain her horses she only feeds them hay. And yes the horse is very skinny and it just had a baby. The baby also eats parts of cheeseburgers. She also has a poor coat and is skinny which is usual for baby horses but she is six months old and should be fattened up by now. Should I call the vet and ask them about it? THat's what everyone else suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horse_lover
    I would just hate for her horse to get taken away though. She doesn't grain her horses she only feeds them hay. And yes the horse is very skinny and it just had a baby. The baby also eats parts of cheeseburgers. The baby also has a poor coat and is skinny which is usual for baby horses but she is six months old and should be fattened up by now.
    If you really care for the horse call your spca and explain the situation.
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    Would they take the horse away though? Cause I don't want that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by horse_lover
    Would they take the horse away though? Cause I don't want that!
    Probly but thats whats best.I know its hard but its whats right.
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    Yes but what about the baby?

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