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10 Toxic Substances to Avoid

December 08, 2014

Learn about 10 common plants and chemicals your horse should never eat.... Read More

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Defra, BHS Work Together to Lead British Ragwort Debate

November 29, 2014

The BHS conducted a survey of the English equine population to assess levels of awareness and concern about ragwort.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Wild Violet

November 28, 2014

Wild violet grows most frequently in highly maintained pastures, turf grass, and landscapes.... Read More

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Feeding in Drought Conditions

November 10, 2014

Prepare for drought long before pastures wither and hay supplies dwindle.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Curly Dock

October 22, 2014

Curly dock grows well in alfalfa, cultivated fields, ditches, and especially in compacted, overgrazed pastures.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Horsenettle

September 27, 2014

Horsenettle is distributed across most of the United States, especially in the eastern half and western coastal states.... Read More

Wild Parsnip

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Weed of the Month: Wild Parsnip

August 29, 2014

Wild parsnip foliage can cause skin photosensitivity and rashes in both humans and horses.... Read More

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What are the Most Common Equine Toxins?

August 18, 2014

Researchers sought the most common causes of poisoning in Swiss equids. Toxic plants and medications topped the list.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Nimblewill

July 26, 2014

Horses and other animals rarely consume nimblewill, so the plant often persists in pastures. ... Read More

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Grazing Summer Grasses: What to Expect

July 25, 2014

What grows in your pastures during the summer? Here's a look at which grasses are desirable and which aren't.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Common Ragweed

June 28, 2014

Common ragweed is distributed widely across the United States and occurs in pastures and cultivated crops.... Read More

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UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo to Take Place June 3

May 31, 2014

Specialists will speak on fencing options, sampling techniques for soil fertility and hay quality, and more. ... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Buttercups

May 23, 2014

Buttercups can be poisonous to horses, but the plants are not palatable and animals usually do not eat them.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Chicory

April 26, 2014

Chicory is not as common as many weeds in horse pastures but occurs in more abundance in unmowed pastures.... Read More

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10 Easy Earth Day Tips to Green Up Your Horse Life

April 22, 2014

Follow these 10 earth-friendly tips to help reduce our horses' hoof prints on our planet. ... Read More

Common name: Poison Hemlock<br>
Scientific name: <em>Conium maculatum</em> L.<br>
Life Cycle: Biennial<br>
Poisonous: Extremely<P>
Poison hemlock is distributed across the United States and grows most frequently along fence borders in shady and moist areas. This plant is extremely poisonous to horses and humans. All plant parts contain the poisonous alkaloids; however, the fruits contain the greatest concentration of the alkaloids. Poison hemlock control is relatively easy with herbicides.

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Weed of the Month: Poison Hemlock

March 25, 2014

Although poison hemlock is extremely poisonous, horses rarely eat this plant because of its low palatability.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Musk Thistle

February 22, 2014

Musk thistle is distributed across the United States and is listed as noxious in many states. ... Read More

Common name: Poison Hemlock<br>
Scientific name: <em>Conium maculatum</em> L.<br>
Life Cycle: Biennial<br>
Poisonous: Extremely<P>
Poison hemlock is distributed across the United States and grows most frequently along fence borders in shady and moist areas. This plant is extremely poisonous to horses and humans. All plant parts contain the poisonous alkaloids; however, the fruits contain the greatest concentration of the alkaloids. Poison hemlock control is relatively easy with herbicides.

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Weather's Impact on Pasture Weeds: What to Expect in 2014

February 19, 2014

Find out how weather impacts weeds, and what weeds can you expect in pastures in 2014. ... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Eastern Poison Ivy

January 25, 2014

Horses are not sensitive to poison ivy, but can transfer the irritating urushiol oil to humans.... Read More

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The Top Horse Health Multimedia Content of 2013

January 03, 2014

Which were the most accessed videos, slideshows, reports, and podcasts in 2013? Here's a list of the top 10. ... Read More

Common name: Bush (Amur) honeysuckle<br>
Scientific name: <em>Lonicera maackii</em> (Rupr.) Herder<br>
Life Cycle: Perennial<br>
Poisonous: None reported<P>

Bush honeysuckle describes several species of woody honeysuckles found in the eastern United States. All grow rapidly and produce multiple stems and can reach heights of about 30 feet. Large bush honeysuckle plants are difficult to remove by hand due to an extensive root system. Herbicidal control is effective.

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Controlling Bush Honeysuckle on Horse Farms

November 22, 2013

Regardless of the circumstances, property owners should remove undesirable trees and other woody plants.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Perilla Mint

November 21, 2013

Perilla mint is toxic to horses and the greatest risk of consumption is in late summer or early fall. ... Read More

Henbit

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Weeds of the Month: Henbit and Purple Deadnettle

October 22, 2013

Henbit and purple deadnettle are winter annual species found throughout the eastern United States. ... Read More

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Weed Management Plans for Horse Pastures

September 27, 2013

Fall is a good time to evaluate pastures' quality and develop a weed management plan for the coming year.... Read More

Field Sandbur

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Weed of the Month: Sandburs

August 20, 2013

Though not toxic, burs found on the plants can cause mechanical damage if horses consume them. ... Read More