Can I give my horse beer?
The short answer is YES, and the long answer is WHY? Ok, so WHY is not an answer but more like some things to consider. So there’s a lot of information out there about beer and horses, some of it factual and some of it opinion.
It is usually safe for your horse to have a beer. A singular beer. I say usually, because as we all know, horses can be allergic to a zillion things, and they certainly like to prove us wrong in the most grandiose manner.
Your horse won’t get fat from a beer. Let’s say you have a pasture ornament. He’s going to need somewhere around 17,000 calories a day to just maintain his statuesque duties in your yard. Riding and performance horses need a lot more than that! A beer may have about 125 to 200 per serving. Unless your horse is doing keg stands, chances are the calories won’t make a dent in his waistline.
Your horse won’t get drunk from a beer. Horses have amazing livers that metabolize alcohol much faster then we do, not to mention that they outweigh us a few times over. That being said, I’m sure there’s a horse or two out there with some super rare mutation where he can’t process alcohol.
Most horses like the taste of beer! Some prefer lighter beers, others prefer the beers that resemble a milkshake.
Before you run to the corner store for some brews, you may want to consider why you would feed your horse a beer. For some horses with anhidrosis, dark beers can help alleviate this condition. This beer option may be more cost effective than using a supplement for anhidrosis. Of course with suspected anhidrosis a visit with your Veterinarian is in order.
You may also want to just plain treat your horse with a beer, in which case a nice cup of brew in your horse’s bucket may hit the spot. As adorable as it may seem to train your horse to drink from a can or bottle, this seems like the perfect way to get your Veterinarian involved in your beer celebration with an emergency call and some stitches.
Your bank account might get involved, too. I just zipped to the store, a six pack of beer runs about $9.00, but a five pound bag of carrots runs $2.50 and lasts longer than six days. And don't forget that beer is only for people old enough to buy it legally. Your horse can be any age to enjoy it.
What are your thoughts on feeding your horse beer?