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Poisonous Weeds/Plants to Horses
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sh    Posted 07-01-2002 at 18:28:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello - We are beginning to prepare a few acres for horse pasture. Are there any weeds or plants we need to make sure are eliminated because they will harm horses? Thanks - sh

shannon    Posted 09-29-2003 at 06:46:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi, i have a 16 acre pasture for my horses. i
know there are many weeds and plants that
could be dangerous to them, because two of
my horses have just died from the cause. i
would like to find the plant/weed that is killing
them, making there cydneys fail, but i dont
know where to start. i;ve been looking on the
net for 3 days now, if you can help me it would
be very much appreciated.


Jeri    Posted 06-12-2006 at 16:43:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
get the book "Weeds of the West"
it is the best reference with full color pictures of any and ALL weeds.

Katelyn    Posted 06-30-2003 at 12:43:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm doing a horse-related pro. for 4-h and i was doing it on poisous plants to horses. I was hopeing that someone would have some more information on amanita spp., A. muscaria, A. pantherira, Fox glove, buck wheat, tall fescue, jessamine, golden chain or laburnum, sweet pea, rhubarb, castor bean, black locust, sorghum, and yew.

Saddlebum    Posted 07-02-2002 at 05:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are some websites out there that deal with toxic plants and horses. I've got to head off to the office (I owe, I owe, so off to work we go...), but will post later, if still needed. But real quick, keep your horses away from acorns...some of them develop a real tast for them. They have to eat fairly large quantities to cause a problem. Nightshade is toxic for horses, and oleanders are deadly--only a handful of leaves can kill a grown horse. Maple leaves are also a no-no. Keep the horses away from black walnut, and make sure that any stall shavings do not contain black walnut...they can founder just standing in the darn stuff. Some types of Johnson grass can cause illness, if they get a fungus on them. Speaking of fungus, are you going to raise any foals? If so, avoid fescue grasses (which is a host for a toxic fungus)--they are linked to mastitis, premature births, and a host of other pre- and post-natal problems. You can buy endophyte (fungus) free fescue seed, but it's darned expensive.

scooterhead    Posted 07-02-2002 at 05:31:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Animals are smarter than ya give`em credit . They generely wont eat what will hurt them . As the others have said just keep it cleaned up . I know people with horses that run loss on a 100 a. of overgrown hills and woods and dont have any problems .

PCC-AL    Posted 07-02-2002 at 02:57:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another plant we have in the south is "mock orange". As the other posts said, keep the pasture mowed and cut the bushes from the fence. Good luck.

LH    Posted 07-01-2002 at 18:34:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few that come to mind are cherry trees, Yews as in shrubs, and I'm sure there are others. Best bet is to try and just have good grass to keep them happy and well fed so they don't feed on the weeds.

screaminghollow    Posted 07-01-2002 at 20:38:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are a great many trees and plants with toxic properties. Whether an animal will eat them and eats enough to die is another matter. The wild cherries here in PA are toxic, when the leaves wilt. I've been cutting them down as I can get to them. I let the goats and horses eat the fresh leaves and even the twigs. But after a storm, I immediately go out checking for downed limbs, cause once they start to dry and wilt, they become poisonous. Same with Oak leaves. I've read many places that black walnut trees and leaves are toxic. My horses stip the darn leaves off the downed trees in short order, without any ill effects. I understand that saw dust from the black walnut is very lethal to horses. Don't know if they have to eat it or snort it. Nightshade is toxic, azaleas, elderberries, a whole bunch of toxic plants out there. As said above, keep it in grass and keep it mowed to about six inches and there should'nt be a problem.

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