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Can Goats Eat Horse Feed? (Health Benefits/Risks)

Yes, goats can eat Horse feed as a treat or maybe as a regular diet, but there are some exceptions. Overall, it is safe to say that you can let your goats feed on Horse feed occasionally.

Is Horse Feed Good for Goats?

Not all Horse feeds are the same. Different feeds contain different proportions of ingredients and minerals.

Goats require different substances in different proportions. Some minerals are needed by goats in high ratios, such as copper, and some are needed in lighter proportions, such as calcium.

Horse feeds whose substances’ proportions conform to goats’ nutrient requirements are safe to eat and can be used as a regular feed for them.

For instance, the optimum level of copper required by goats is 10-80 ppm. Horse feeds containing amounts of copper according to the previously-stated optimum range will be good for goats to eat. 

However, you will have to carefully analyze other ingredients present in specific Horse feed as there is a chance that other ingredients may prove harmful for your goats.

Also see: Can Goats Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Is Horse Feed Bad for Goats?

If I don’t get into minor details, it would be safe to say that Horse feed is not bad for goats. However, there are some exceptions.

If we are talking about the sweet grain feed prepared as Horse feed, we have nothing to worry about. This food is fine for goats.

However, the problem arises when you feed a particular Horse feed to your goats, containing a high proportion of corn or molasses.

It is a known fact that too much corn is harmful to goats. It may lead to urinary calculi in goats. Similarly, molasses causes vitamin B deficiency in goats.

So, Horse feed containing such ingredients in high proportions can be fatal for goats. That’s why whenever you plan to let your goats feed on Horse feed, try to have an in-depth analysis of its ingredients.

Can Goats Eat Horse Mix?

Horse mixes usually contain ingredients that are fine as well as healthy for goats. Those ingredients include alfalfa pallets, barley, maize, peas, and beans.

So, yes. There shouldn’t be any harm to the health of goats if they are fed with Horse mix. 

However, it would still be better if you take a quick look at the ingredients of the Horse mix you are going to feed to your goats. You know, just to be on the safe side.

Can Goats Eat All Stock Feed?

All stock feed can be fed to goats. It does not contain any ingredient that has a tendency of harming goats’ health.

All stock feed essentially contains the following:

  • 10 percent minimum crude protein.
  • 3 percent minimum crude fat.
  • 24 percent maximum fiber.

A quantity of 1 % to 2 % of the bodyweight of all stock feed will be perfectly fine for goats. However, remember that it might not be enough to fulfill all the nutritional requirements of goats.

Summary

Yes, goats can eat horse feed. It is not bad for them in any way.

Many goat keepers let their goats feed on Horse feed that doesn’t contain any ingredient that can be potentially harmful to goats, and everything turns out fine.

However, Horse feed cannot be a regular diet for goats as it might not be able to fulfill all the nutritional requirements of goats. 

So it would be better if you combine it with other nutritional diets or just feed it as a treat occasionally.

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