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post #1 of 3 Old 05-19-2012, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Toxic plants?

So I was just reading the article on poisonous plants, and I got to wondering.. Don't the horses know not to eat them? I mean, there are wild horses all over the world that are most likely exposed to these plants all the time, and they must have some idea that they are toxic, or else there wouldn't be any wild horses. I was just wondering about this, and thought I'd ask..

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-19-2012, 08:14 AM
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Yes, in most cases you're right. However there will always be the curious or young horse that tries the wrong thing. Some toxic plants may taste good too.
Wild horses have a choice as to what to eat & maybe some do eat the bad stuff & get sick or die & we'd never know.

Our domestic horses are usually on a limited area & often will eat anything green so it's best to remove the temptation.
Good question.
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Thanks :) It was something I'd been wondering about for a while...

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