Horses sometimes eat apples when given by their owners as a treat. It is recommended to cut the apple in pieces to keep the animal from choking, and to feed it from a bucket or feed bag. Horses should not be fed more than one or two pieces of fruit.
Excessive fruit consumption may cause colic or founder, serious medical conditions for a horse. They should be penned in a way that eliminates any access to windfall fruit from a tree, as horses can consume too much in such situations. A horse should not be fed by hand, as it may develop a bad habit of nipping at clothes and fingers.