Thought 4the day: Life can be pretty straight forward at times for horses and ponies they go around their fields happily munching.... just remember that its now when everything is growing that some things in your field could be toxic to them so a check might be in order! Normally they won't/don't touch them but some horses really just eat what they see!!
Fact 4the day: Eating yellow star thistle and Russian knapweed brings on nigropallidal encephalomalacia, commonly called chewing disease.
Horses eat the plant over an extended period of time before symptoms appear.
The ingested toxins actually cause a softening of parts of the brain and once symptoms appear, the animal will almost certainly die.
... He may chew food only to spit it out when he cannot swallow, often acting as if something is caught in his throat.
Symptoms resemble the early onset of rabies, so you should consider rabies also as a possibility and not go reaching into the horse's mouth to look for obstructions.
The horse may chew without having anything in its mouth
move his tongue and lips in unusual fashions
yawn frequently and assume unusual postures such as head hanging or pushing against solid objects.
Quote 4the day: Listen with your heart and your friend will reveal all...