Poisoning & Toxicity

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Tips for Feeding New Hay

July 01, 2016

Be sure new hay is dry and free of dust and mold, and always introduce it to horses' diets slowly.... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Johnsongrass Poisoning in Horses

June 25, 2016

Johnsongrass is a drought-tolerant weed that can cause nerve and fetal damage in horses.... Read More

Grasses including tall fescue and ryegrass, pictured here, can contain ergot bodies, which can be toxic to horses.

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Use Caution When Bedding Horses on Rye Straw

June 23, 2016

Rye straw can contain ergot alkaloids, which can be poisonous to livestock, including horses. Here's what to watch for.... Read More

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California Tainted Feed Lawsuit Refiled

June 16, 2016

The lawsuit seeks damages for owners whose horses ingested feed allegedly tainted with monensin.... Read More

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Effects of Climate Change on Tall Fescue, Endophytes

May 28, 2016

Some types of fescue infected with common endophyte strains could become more toxic when temperatures increase.... Read More

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Research Prompts New Tall Fescue Sample Handling Procedures

May 26, 2016

The UKVDL's new sample handling procedures appear to allow for more accurate ergovaline testing results.... Read More

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BHS: Be Vigilant This Spring for Sycamore Seedlings

May 06, 2016

Owners are encouraged to watch for sycamore seedlings, which can cause atypical myopathy, in horse pastures.... Read More

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Keep Horses Away From Creeping Indigo

April 20, 2016

What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse? ... Read More

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Jury Awards Millions for Polo Pony Deaths

April 18, 2016

In 2009, 21 polo ponies died after receiving an improperly compounded selenium, vitamin B, and potassium product.... Read More

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Study: Not All Maple Species Contain Hypoglycin A

April 16, 2016

Hypoglycin A is the toxin behind the potentially deadly muscular disease atypical myopathy.... Read More

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Moldy Hay: Bad for Horses, Bad for Humans

April 11, 2016

Certain strains of fungi found in moldy fodder can cause serious problems in both horses and handlers, scientists found.... Read More

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Managing Toxic Trees on Horse Farms

April 08, 2016

Some trees can kill horses, and horses can kill trees; ensure the equine-arbor relationship on your farm is positive.... Read More

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Mare Thyroid Condition Might be Linked to Foal Deaths

April 08, 2016

The rare condition--primary hypothyroidism--in mares could be behind a potentially deadly foal problem called CHDS.... Read More

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The Equine Liver in Health and Disease

March 29, 2016

The liver is a complex organ tasked with many vital functions that maintain and sustain a horse's health and life. ... Read More

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California Horse Owners Seek Damages From Feed Maker

February 29, 2016

A group of owners allege that monensin-contaminated feed from Western Milling caused their horses to become ill or die.... Read More

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Anticoagulant Rodenticide and Sudden Horse Deaths

February 27, 2016

Researchers found that anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion coupled with strenuous exercise can be fatal to horses.... Read More

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Cookies Linked to Horse Death

February 25, 2016

One California horse is dead and another recovering after consuming cookies laced with oleander.... Read More

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University of Tennessee to Host Conference for Horse Owners

February 13, 2016

Lecture topics include nutrition, PPID, parasitology, back pain, toxic plants, natural foot care, and dentistry.... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

February 05, 2016

The fungus that lives inside infected tall fescue can have negative effects on broodmares and their foals.... Read More

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Practical Equine Medicine Studies of 2015

February 04, 2016

Studies focused on ophthalmology, gastrointestinal disease, foal medications, pain management, and more.... Read More

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Help! My Horse Ate Chicken Feed: What Should I Do?

January 18, 2016

Here's how to react if your horse consumes feed designed for another animal.... Read More

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Blister Beetles and Alfalfa: A Potentially Lethal Mix

January 02, 2016

Don't get caught unaware. Ingesting just a handful of these beetles could kill your horse within 72 hours.... Read More

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Improving Horse Health Through Nutrition in the New Year

January 01, 2016

When it comes to feeding your horses, don't make the same mistakes you've made in the past in the new year.... Read More

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Are Christmas Decorations Poisonous to Horses?

December 14, 2015

Find out what might happen if your horse eats that wreath hanging on his stall door.... Read More

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Barn Owner Seeks Settlement Over Allegedly Tainted Feed

December 06, 2015

The barn operator alleges that 13 of her horses died after consuming monensin-tainted horse feed.... Read More