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Protect Horses From Toxic Marsh Mallow Weed






I wanted to write this today because we have this stuff popping up all over.  I happened to look it up and was surprised… because my horses will happily eat it.  They don’t turn up their noses.  So, best to keep them away from it.

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Marsh mallow weed.  Photo Credit: iStock

As pasture growth begins to wane in many areas, horses might begin seeking different things to chew on, such as weeds or trees in their pastures. While some weeds do no harm, others can be toxic to horses. And researchers in Australia determined that marsh mallow weed (Malva parviflora)—which grows in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand—is one of the dangerous species that can be deadly to horses.

Reports of M. parviflora toxicosis are rare in horses. But Jennifer Bauquier, BVMS (Hons), Dipl. ACVIM, an equine medicine lecturer at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, in Victoria, and colleagues recently completed a study on the topic after the deaths four horses residing on the same farm. The horses had little access to quality forage and did not receive supplementary grain concentrate. There was extensive M. parviflora in the horses’ pasture, and the animals had grazed it heavily.

Over four days, all four horses presented with signs of muscle twitching, recumbency (inability to rise), tachycardia (high heart rate), and sweating. Three of four horses were euthanized, and one died soon after clinical signs appeared.

Similar clinical signs in other species, such as sheep, have been blamed on M. parviflora, but the specific compound in the plant responsible remained unknown. In the cases of these four horses, researchers measured high serum concentrations of cyclopropene fatty acids, found in M. parviflora, compared to control samples, suggesting a link between the compound and clinical signs. As such, the researchers believe the weed was behind the horses’ acute myopathy and cardiomyopathy.

“This was a tragic situation with the loss of all four horses,” Bauquier said. “However, from this we have gained some valuable information on how this weed is likely toxic for horses and other grazing animals.

“More studies are needed to further understand this toxicosis, but we are now in a better position to perform this work,” she added.

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Great ways to ID your horse and his tack! (Your Dog, too!) I.C.E. products! (no affiliation)






Living in fire country, I have often written about ways to ID your horse in moments – so that in an Emergency, you are ready!

I wanted to refresh you all about these products because they’ve added Emergency ICE ID tags  for DOGS as well as personalized lead ropes (you can pick your own length, snap and end piece!), halters and saddle covers.

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EMERGENCY ID OPTIONS for Equines! (Mane Stay, Ultra Lite, Halter ID tags..)

What I love about the ICE website is that they include tons of great tips to prepare for emergencies.  Clearly, they’ve been there and done that around this – and have listened to their customer stories and suggestions!

MANE STAY:  I love the Mane Stay.  Easy. Fast.   I have these.

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I have these.

 

ULTRA LITE:  I see that they have an ULTRA LITE now.  I have not tried it, but I can see how some people would like it because the Ultra Lite takes even less time due to the carabiner.

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HALTER ID TAGS:  Some might prefer the Halter ID tags… These halters come in many colors and they are breakaway.

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FUN IDEA!

PERSONALIZED (pick your own snap, popper, color, length), EMBROIDERED LEAD ROPE.

I don’t have one of these lead ropes, but it looks like a great idea.  (click here) I’d love to be able to choose the snap, color, length and popper style.  I know that most people prefer the polyester rope, but I prefer cotton, even if it does get knots.  I just prefer the feel in my hands.

I could see how this would be PERFECT for a boarding barn application!!

Pick your color, length, snap and popper – and of course, the embroidery.

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AND DON’T FORGET YOUR DOG!!

The newest product is for your Dog!  Canine ICE ID tags!  Click here.

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