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The 10 most dangerous plants for horses (EQUUS)

Published: 2004-06-30

Brief content of the article
Anthony Wright, a plant toxicologist from Colorado State University made a “top 10”list of plants that are the most dangerous to horses in the united states. The following plants are selected: Hemlock (Conium Macalatum), Senecio spp.), Locoweed (Astragalus spp. or Oxytropis ssp. also lnown as crazyweed), Oleander (Nerium oleander), red maple trees (Acer rubrum), Water hemlock, White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum), Yellow star-thistle(Centaurea solstitialis), Yew (taxus spp.). From every “top 10” plant a description, range, danger, signs of toxcity and what to do is given. A less comprehensive list of moderate risk plants is also included. The article also mentions the use of activated charcoal to inhibit further toxin absorption in case of some plant toxities. Some preventive management tools are also included in the article. Knights ‘website: (The Poisonous Plant Guide is constructed to enable location of a plant by either knowing the common or botanical name of the plant. Alternatively if the plant is not known, but the disease symptom is, it is possible to search by the presenting clinical sign eg: Abortion, Sudden death, photosensitization.)
Keywords: toxic plants; poisonous plants; horses.

Anonymous, The 10 most dangerous plants for horses. Equus 320: 70-80.

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