Can Horses Eat Pumpkins?


Pumpkin desserts are the rave this time of year! If you’re wondering if your horse can join in the fun, the short answer is yes. Pumpkins are both safe and nutritious, but that’s mean you should just throw one out into the field. Practice caution when feeding them.

In moderation, both jack ‘o lanterns and sugar pie pumpkins are safe for your horse to consume. No parts of them are toxic! It’s advised to remove the stem, since it can be a chocking hazard though. Make sure to do your research before you feed other types of squash. Not all are safe!

Check out these health benefits:

  • High in vitamin A, E, and folate
  • More potassium than bananas
  • Full of fiber for good digestion
  • Reduces inflammation in the body
  • Pumpkin seeds consists of omega fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and tryptophan

Try this pumpkin recipe:


Courtesy of: Horse Illustrated


  • 1 small pumpkin (baked and flesh removed)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 18 oz oats
  • ¼ cup molasses (substitute: honey or applesauce)
  • ½ cup brown sugar


Mix pumpkin flesh with other ingredients in a bowl. Spoon out evenly sized balls on a cookie sheet. Add more molasses if mixture is too runny. Bake at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes.

Your horse can have a guilt-free tasty treat this fall!

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