Originally Posted by Golden Horse
You will find 100's of references that dandelions are either harmless or beneficial to horses.
You will find lots of references to Australian Stringhalt, mould, flat weed and or cat's ear.
You will find a very tiny limited selection linking dandelion in with the issues, mainly they appear to be pointing out the differences between dandelion and flatweed.
It is good to be aware of risk factors, it's great to discuss and make known potential problems. It is not so fine to castigate a fine and useful plant/herb because it happens to look like another plant that is causing issues.
I suggest you do a little more research.. the actual 'catsear' plant itself does not cause australian stringhalt.. its the mycotoxins that causes it. 'Flatweed' is the leaves at the bottom of the actual flowering weed.. a dandelion and catsear are two varieties of it.. look at the green leaves.. theyre 'flat' and the 'plant' is a 'weed'
Catsear the plant itself is not toxic-- neither is dandelion-- the mycotoxin that is found often in the two weeds cause australian stringhalt-- its caused by a fungi -not an allergic reaction to the plant-- you're confused with yellow star thistle
.. looks like catsear and dandelion but is poisonous to equine.
Reckon imma learn you real good, mama-- youns can get yo ejumacashon on or be illiterate to the fact! A lot like blowin out a candle with a mouth fulla petrol.
This debate reminds me of the donkey scene from family guy!
you're wrong- know your wrong- but keep hollerin how you're definitely right, lol.
its fine- I needed the entertainment today- I thank you for that!
"No, dandelions can't contain mycotoxin.. no your wrong.. "
im messin with ya- don't take offense.