[question name="Susan"]Can horses eat oranges? I just bought a 4-year-old gelding who apparently loves oranges, but I don’t want to feed them to him if his digestive system can’t handle the citric acid. The young girl who had him fed him an appalling amount of junk food, including Pepsi, Cheetos, candy bars, etc. She also fed him oranges, which seem innocuous enough, but I’d like to know whether or not his system can handle them.
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Can horses eat oranges? I just bought a 4-year-old gelding who apparently loves oranges.
AThere are no reports in the literature about oranges being toxic to horses that I can find. The only toxins in the citrus family seem to be irritants in the peels and leaves that cause a skin problem in some individuals.
As this horse has been eating oranges in the past, it would seem that oranges are not a problem. I would qualify this by stating the obvious that oranges are not the best food for horses! I would also be concerned that if the horse tried to swallow the orange whole, he could choke on it, which is a serious concern.