Can Horses Have Chocolate?

We all like to give our horses a treat, and you might think that your horse would enjoy a piece of chocolate. But can horses have chocolate, or is it bad for them?


Can Horses Eat Chocolate?

Unfortunately, just because your horse would willingly eat your chocolate bar – and most likely finish it off – it is not a good idea to feed chocolate to horses.

Is Chocolate Bad For Horses?

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is not poisonous to humans. However, this chemical can cause serious health problems to some animals, including horses and dogs. 

What Happens If You Feed Horses Chocolate?

The effect of theobromine can cause a wide range of clinical symptoms, including diarrhea, a distended abdomen, and abdominal discomfort. 

If eaten by horses, chocolate can cause toxicity leading to kidney failure. Other healthier treats for horses include apples, carrots, and homemade horse treats.


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