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    05-02-2011, 12:34 PM
Unhappy Buttercup danger :( Help needed...

Fields are ful of this toxic plant:

Horses don't eat it when they graze, but they do eat it if I cut it and give it to them fresh.

What should I do?
The field from where I cut the grass isn't mine and horses aren't allowed to walk there...

Mare ate it yesterday, she's ok, but I'm worried about it.
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    05-02-2011, 12:38 PM
Have just read this:
This pretty yellow flowered plant contains irritant juices that severely injure
The digestive system. Sap from stems can cause inflammation and
Blistering on skin. Once blistering has begun, a horse will stop
Eating, which makes the toxicity self limiting.
Note: poison is
Inactive when dried in hay.

Does this means it's not so very dangerous? Or will it before they stop eating it injure their digestive system seriously?
    05-02-2011, 12:39 PM
Why are you feeding it to them if you know it's toxic? Or did you feed it to them before you found out? Just make sure you don't give it to them again. They won't eat it on their own.

If it's dried and baled into hay it's not going to hurt them, but they won't seek it out fresh unless there's nothing else to eat and they're starving.
    05-02-2011, 12:40 PM
How do you know your mare ate some? I am confused by your original post.
    05-02-2011, 12:48 PM
My pony had laminitis so horses are held in the paddock where is almost no grass. There are buttercups too, but they leave them alone.
My mare isn't laminitis prone and she gets some extra grass. Grass that I cut(mow) from neighbour's field and bring it to the paddock-to her. I thought she will leave buttercups as she does in the paddock, but she ate everything!
I still want to give her grass, because it helps with her weight, and I picked all the buttercups out of the grass I mowed today, but it took me forever.
    05-02-2011, 05:00 PM
[QUOTE=manca;1020708] Grass that I cut(mow) from neighbour's field and bring it to the paddock-to her. [QUOTE]

Not to go off topic but I always heard cut grass clippings weren't good for horses?
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Maybe instead of giving her the grass you could just give her hay. I've always heard alfalfa was good for keeping/putting weight on.
    05-02-2011, 05:04 PM
Phantom's right; unless you're cutting, drying, and baling the grass, you shouldn't give clippings to your horses. They ferment very quickly, and can cause colic.

If your horse needs weight, good quality hay will do the trick. Giving her grass clippings is not a good way to try and get weight on her.
    05-03-2011, 12:56 PM
you shouldn't give clippings to your horses. They ferment very quickly, and can cause colic.
I didn't know that. In fact I did, but I thought they ferment like in an hour or so. I took care she got it and ate it in maximum 15 minutes from cutting, but I didn't know that is dangerous so quickly...
I won't do that anymore, thanks that you told me. I don't want her to colic...

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