Originally Posted by tanya
We got our first 100 bales this season of hay from a guy we usually get it from here in town and we never have never had problems with his hay in fact its usually the best we can get without paying $10 a bale. Today I went out to tell everyone good morning and the leftovers from their food yesterday is loaded with foxtails. What is the worse that can happen from them eating it? My husband said he didnt see any foxtails when we picked up the hay in the field, but they are there im not blind or stupid I know what a foxtail looks like. LOL. He don't seem worried about it and maybe its fine and im just freaking out.
Hi Tanya, I just had this happen to me. A couple of weeks ago my gelding had these two herpes looking type sores on the outside of lips. I totally freaked out and went looking for answers. I discovered that foxtail in hay can cause this. It can also cause it in their mouths as well. Our other horses ate the same hay and nothing happened to them, what I read about it is some horses have a sensitivity to it. The remedy is to stop them from eathing it. You can rinse their mouths even putting something topical on it but it will usually go away through them drinking and not letting them eat anymore of it.
When I examined the hay it was full of foxtail.