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Brianna6432 02-15-2010 09:02 AM

Apparently dandelions aren't just weeds...
 
Our horses can eat them!
I recently discovered this...
The horse can eat the leaves, stem, flower part, and all.
It's filled with lots of nutrition for our horses!

Plains Drifter 02-15-2010 10:11 AM

I've heard they are not only good for horses, but humans as well. The flowers can be steeped to make a tea and the leaves can be used in salads.

Dandelion Tea

Common Dandelion

Alwaysbehind 02-15-2010 12:16 PM

And they are hearty. One area of my turn out is all dandelions. They get chewed down to nubs. Almost nothing above ground. But they come right back. A day with no horses and they have grown like weeds......yepper, a weed is a good thing in this case.


And yes, lots of people like dandelion salads, etc.

JadedEyes 02-15-2010 12:20 PM

Yeah, you can eat dandelion leaves. You go into the grocery store and what do you think is in those bags of Green mixes. Those are dandelion leaves. Taste just like lettuce, I actually prefer them over iceberg (which has no nutriotional value). It's all the thing now in restaurants. Delicious!

BigGreyHorse 02-15-2010 03:30 PM

There are a lot of so called "weeds" that are highly nutritious. Dandelion, dock, plantain, miner's lettuce--all full of vitamins & minerals and all good in salad or green smoothies.

Rule of Reason 02-24-2010 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind (Post 553529)
And they are hearty. One area of my turn out is all dandelions. They get chewed down to nubs. Almost nothing above ground. But they come right back. A day with no horses and they have grown like weeds......yepper, a weed is a good thing in this case.


And yes, lots of people like dandelion salads, etc.

That would be "hardy" . . . just so you know. Or "impossible to get rid of" is also appropriate. I tried to clear a lawn of dandelions once without using weed killer (wanted to be natural, ya know). Waste of effort. If you leave any root at all in the ground the plant will come back. And if you get the root all out, the tiny windblown seeds from last year sprout REALLY well, LOL.

Every horse I've ever given dandelion leaves or flowers to has adored them.

Alwaysbehind 02-24-2010 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Rule of Reason (Post 562416)
That would be "hardy" .

Thanks.

I looked them both up and either works really.

wild_spot 02-24-2010 04:49 PM

PLEASE don't feed dandelions to your horses - Dandelions can cause/contribute to stringhalt in horses.

mls 02-24-2010 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by wild_spot (Post 562565)
PLEASE don't feed dandelions to your horses - Dandelions can cause/contribute to stringhalt in horses.

Please explain that one.

My gelding just turned 24 yesterday, one of our mares will be 23 in April. They love dandelions. No stinghalt issues what so ever.

Alwaysbehind 02-24-2010 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by wild_spot (Post 562565)
PLEASE don't feed dandelions to your horses - Dandelions can cause/contribute to stringhalt in horses.

The only thing that I can find that blames Flatweed for springhalt is based out of Australia (which I realize you are in). All the US articles I found that mention stringhalt and dandelions (and they list flatweed as a separate plant) state that just eating dandelions does not cause it.


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