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Red maple and horses
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Vince    Posted 09-21-2002 at 13:55:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wanted to know if any part of a red maple tree is poisionous to horses or sheep , I read in a book that they were poisionous to horses and sheep .So I called the cooperative extension and they said it was not poisionous . But I just want to get another opinion on that .
Thanks Vince

Ira    Posted 09-22-2002 at 05:26:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The wilted leaves are poison, so if you are going to cut any red maple clean up the leaves or wait until they are completely dried out before you use the pasture again.
There is nothing in the bark that will hurt them. But like Ron said they will chew the bark off to get at the sap and that will kill the trees.

Saddlebum    Posted 09-21-2002 at 20:00:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've always been told that any part of *any* maple tree, regardless of species, is toxic to horses. I don't know in what amounts, though. But in any case, here is what my equine vet reference states about red maple poisoning:

A severe, rapid hemolytic anemia may be seen in horses after they have eaten red maple leaves. Signs were seen in horses in Georgia 3 to 4 days after they ahd eaten wilted leaves from cut red maple (Acer rubrum) branches. The animals were weak and had rapid breathing and a rapid heart rate. The mucous membranes were yellow (icteric) or bluish (cyanotic). They were depressed. Both the blood and the urine may show a brownish discoloration. The problem is often fatal. Toxicity may also be seen in horses who eat red maple bark.

So for what it's worth, if it were me, I don't think I'd chance it. We have a beautiful sugar maple in the front yard--we always keep the horses away from it, just in case.

Hope this helps a little.

Les...fortunate    Posted 09-21-2002 at 17:15:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't believe so. Never heard of such a thing.

Ron/PA    Posted 09-21-2002 at 15:37:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Vince, red maples are one of the sweetest maples there are. The sweetest sap runs just under the bark. It's just like steers chewing up sweet corn stalks, the sugar is in the stalks and the steers love it.
They are after the sugar, (ask any sugar house and you will hear what we they think about horses)
Now if your county agents don't have a problem here's my thought, you send me 1 horse and I will send you a gallon of maple syrup.

LH    Posted 09-21-2002 at 13:59:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine have eaten the leaves and bark off of red maples (even though they weren't supposed to) with noo ill effects.

Ray    Posted 09-29-2005 at 14:10:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a heads up...

Just had a horse have to be put down. After necropsy testing was complete, horse was diagnosed as having to be put down based on red maple toxicity. Based on what I have recently been reading on the subject, as little as 1.5 kg of wilted to dry leaves can be enough to be fatal.

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