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    10-14-2007, 08:09 PM
If you have a red maple tree - READ!

I don't know if anybody has mentioned this yet, but everyone needs to know it.

DO YOU HAVE A RED MAPLE TREE? If you do, keep it away from horses. It's a thing called red maple toxicity. Red maple leaves in the wilting stage are DEADLY to horses. I found out through a lady who had already lost multiple horses to it. Apperently, they had a storm and a red maple limb fell in the horses pasture. In the morning, the horses started eating on the leaves. It acted as poison and killed a few of the horses and put others in critical condition. If you have a red maple tree near horses, GET RID OF IT! That's all I heard really, but it was very serious and I thought you guys would want to know.
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    10-15-2007, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the info. I don't have any red maples but will keep an eye out on the trail. I know some trees my horses love, Russian olive, Osage orange (hedge), elm. So far they leave the evergreens alone. They don't get sick from the others though, just kill the tree.
    10-18-2007, 03:55 PM
Haven't heard about red maple, but have heard the same about black walnut, even if they just stand on it, (they don't have to eat it) it will cause serious damage. Also heard the pointsetter flower was deadly.
    10-18-2007, 05:11 PM
I was jsut ordering some stuff from Dr.'s foster and smith web site and up popped an aritcle on stuff poisonous to horses here is the link http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/ar...14049&aid=1784
    12-11-2008, 01:29 AM
I had heard that about the red maples. So we're real careful.
Also heard about the black walnut. We have a 'tree man' that dumps his mulch here, and we use it to bed the stalls. He and I had a talk. Turns out...he knows more than I do about it, and I don't have to worry! WHEW!
    12-11-2008, 01:35 AM
It is poisinous in the wilting stage, when it is actually red, it is not suppose to be poisinous in the green stage. I still would not let a horse eat it but just so no one gets paranoid...

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