Food Chain

What Eats A Horse?

A Horse Near Its Stable
What Eats A Horse? Photo: Seviwurst

What eats horses?

What do horses eat?

Most horses are domesticated and are protected by people from their predators, or natural enemies. Almost all horses that live in the wild are descended from ancestors that once belonged to people. These domesticated ancestors escaped and became wild again.

Thousands of years ago, before horses were domesticated, their main predator was the wolf. Wolves were one of the few animals that were fast enough and smart enough to chase, catch, kill, and eat horses.

Even now, the wolf is one of the few predators that eats wild horses. Grizzly bears and mountain lions may also occasionally attack a horse.

And, what do horses eat? Horses are grazers. Click here to find out what that means.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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