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post #21 of 47 Old 05-14-2013, 02:03 PM
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He looks great! Im sure he enjoyed his yummy snack. Like a kid in a candy store, hehe. I think his weight looks great, now he needs muscle.

Maybe we should start another thread over the weed debate. Im sure the op would like more replies to her op and not over the different weeds....

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Long winters, yeah right, ours started in first week in November and finished last week, THAT's a long winter.

Doesn't matter though, the fact remains that

DANDELIONS ARE NOT POISONOUS.

The op has a healthy pony, in a field of very healthy looking dandelions, he is not being poisoned.


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Long winters, yeah right, ours started in first week in November and finished last week, THAT's a long winter.

Doesn't matter though, the fact remains that

DANDELIONS ARE NOT POISONOUS.

The op has a healthy pony, in a field of very healthy looking dandelions, he is not being poisoned.



Every one has had a long winter and it shows in the things growing.. i would not let him eat too many dandelions.. he can still ingest mycotoxins.. CATSEAR IS NOT POISONOUS EITHER!! ITS THE MYCOTOXINS!!
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Didn't read all the way through...

I believe it's a mold that can grow on dandelions that can cause poisoning in horses, not the dandelions themselves.

If you google dandelion poisoning in horses you'll find some references.
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Toto, I'm glad that you shared your concern and information with us. That being said, I have always had dandelions and my horses always have eaten them. Since I have noticed that my horses will avoid any forage that hints of mold, I believe that they wouldn't eat moldy dandelions. I pull many of mine and feed them to my chickens. I try to pull them out before they've gone to seed.
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GD, your horse looks great. He's an older horse, right?

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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.
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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-- youre 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! youre wrong- know your wrong- but keep hollerin how youre definitely right, lol. its fine- i needed the entertainment today- i thank you for that!




"No, dandelions cant contain mycotoxin.. no your wrong.. " im messin with ya- dont take offense.





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here is a plant in CA, similar to dandelion that is toxic, it is called groundsel
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two more pics of the groundsel .
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