Just as is the case with humans, horses need to have plenty of mental stimulation in order to remain happy. In fact, a bored horse is also more prone to becoming ill and engaging in negative behavior that can lead to injury. Therefore, it is important for you to find ways to provide your horse with mental stimulation in order to prevent boredom from setting in.
Creating a safe environment for your horse is an essential part of keeping it healthy. While you may never be able to prevent every type of accident from happening, you can certainly help to reduce the likelihood while always remaining alert to potential dangers.
In this third and final installment of toxic plants that may be found in your pasture, we will look at more plants to watch out for and to eliminate from your horse’s diet.
Also known as pigweed or goosefoot, lamb’s quarters is characterized by smooth, light-colored leaves and a woody red stem. As such, it rather resembles a small, green cluster of cauliflower. Horses are unlikely to eat this plant if other feed is available. In addition, large amounts of the plant need to be consumed in order to take effect. Symptoms of lamb’s quarters ingestion include:
In this second of a two-part series, we will explore additional toxic plants that may be found in your pasture.
Buttercup is known for its yellow, cup-shaped flowers paired with sharply lobed leaves and a thin stem. If there is more desirable feed available, horses will typically avoid eating buttercup due to its acrid taste and the direct blistering to the mouth that it causes. Fortunately, this plant is no longer toxic after a hard frost or when dried and mixed into hay. Still, it is best to irradiate this plant from your pasture if possible, as it may cause the following symptoms:
Turning your horse out to pasture is a great way to allow it to get some variety in its diet while also reducing your feed bill. Before you allow your horse to roam freely and eat as it pleases from your pasture, however, it is essential to ensure the pasture is free from plants that could be poisonous to your horse. In this first of a three-part series, we will explore some potentially dangerous plants in your pasture.
While taking precautionary measures will help to reduce the risk of your horse developing laminitis, it is still important to know how to recognize the symptoms of this condition. By recognizing the symptoms as early as possible, you will give your horse the best chance for recovery.
Acute Laminitis Symptoms