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post #1 of 6 Old 11-16-2016, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Oak Trees and horses?

Does anyone know about Oak Trees and horses? I just purchased a property that is covered with oak trees and fallen acorns. My two geldings seem to really like eating the acorns and it got me thinking I'd better Google and make sure it is okay for them to eat the acorns. I've read that acorns are toxic to horses and that they should be kept away from them. This has me baffled as I know I've seen many pastures with oak trees in them, including my neighbors down the street. I talked to a horse friend about it and she said it shouldn't be a problem, but I am just too afraid to take a chance. I planned to run a small boarding business with the majority of the boarders horses being in a pasture behind the barn, which is full of oak trees and fallen acorns, and now I'm afraid it will be useless unless I cut all the trees down which I really don't want to do. Any advice is very truly appreciated!
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I've had first hand experience of a few horses that were really ill from eating acorns so I'm very cautious now about them
Some horses seem to not get affected at all but given the possibility that yours might not be in that group I'd advise to be really careful. I don't know why but some seem to get addicted to eating them while others ignore them.

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Ditto Jaydee, proceed with caution.

I have 100 yr old oak trees that I won't destroy.

That said my seriously insulin resistant horse got caught eating acorns a few weeks back --- he only ate a few --- he got warm hooves. Was it the acorns or something else since he leans over the fence to eat various types of tree leaves, or mehbee it was the change in temperature.

He is so sensitive, I joke he isn't allowed to smell alfalfa because that makes his hooves warm.

I said all that to say it's as Jaydee said, some horses might be a worry and others won't be:)

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I guess there is some blessing,, living where oak trees, black walnut trees, Yews, Red maples, etc, don't grow!
Mine can chew popular bark, and just self medicate on ASA!
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since moving from Ontario, acorns have never been an issue for me, far as horses, but, I was curious as to what caused toxicity,
I am sure, those of you you do have oak trees in hrose pastures, already have this info, but posted a link anyway

Milbourn | Acorn Poisoning
I guess if you have horses that don't get addicted to eating them, have lots of forage, then no problem, But I sure would worry, as it is a not an allergy, but a chemical , that is the problem

from above link :
Most horses will not choose to eat acorns if they have adequate forage, but occasionally they develop a taste for them and will seek them out. The reason oak products are toxic is due to a product called tannins which cause result in kidney failure, colic, bloody diarrhoea and occasionally death.
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If you are really concerned, do what a lot of the big breeding farms do and put a fence around the oak trees. It won't stop the horses from getting all of the acorns, but it definitely helps.
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