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post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Foxtails in hay

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 dont seem worried about it and maybe its fine and im just freaking out.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 12:14 PM
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As long as the horses are getting plenty of forage, they won't eat the foxtails. A horse has to be pretty hungry to eat them, and even then, it's just the barbed seeds that are the problem, not the stems and leaves.

I have some foxtail grass in my pastures, and the horses never touch it.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 12:17 PM
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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 dont 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.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 12:26 PM
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I know of a family right now going through this. The horse didnt eat the foxtail, but the seeds were dislodged in the rest of the hay. The whole under side of her face is gone from bacteria traveling with the barbs. And the bacteria at the hole bottom of her face, while on antibiotics. So it can be very serious. Watch for any heat or swelling. At one point her tongue swelled so big she could hardly breath.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well now im really worried and mad at the bone head that sold us this hay saying it was foxtail free. We even waited till the second cut since the first is usually all weeds. This is what I found this morning.
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I know it was very annoying. Thank goodness my other hay supplier has hay now so I switched back to him even though he is further out for us to go get hay. I don't think my other horses ate the foxtails but I read some horses do like it and when I set the new roundbale out all of the others went to eat it while my gelding stayed at the pile of crappy hay and ate, horses what can you do with lol
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 04:22 PM
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I'll cross my fingers for you that maybe the foxtails are only in one or two bales and not the whole stack! I had some foxtails in the bales my neighbor gave me, and I was glad when I bought my own hay that was clean.
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