Thought, fact and quote for the day 29/4/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 29/4/12

Thought 4the day: Sometimes things are not always as they seem. They can be confusing for you and your friend. It could be something so siple but where your heart is involved it can be missed. Its common when you love someone so much that you don't see or feel what they need at that time. Things do sort themselves out. Just open yourself. Forget about that perhaps you or they might get hurt and just listen, watch and understand you will get there :o)
 
Fact 4the day: Locoweed is a common name for plants which fall into two genera; Astraglus and Oxytropis.

While there are hundreds of species of locoweed, only about 20 are considered poisonous.

These plants range from low growing ground covers to two foot tall clumps of flowers.
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They can be found throughout the west from Canada to Mexico in semi-arid foothills and plains.
Some of these species are very similar to each other.

Even experienced botanists can have difficulty differentiating between a poisonous and non-poisonous specimen.
They have to graze on it for a period of time before symptoms appear and the most obvious symptoms may not appear until well after the horse has stopped eating it.

Symptoms include ...
altered gaits
aimless wandering, sometimes in circles
impaired vision, bumping into things
erratic behavioral changes
appear listless or complacent
wildly over-reacting to unexpected events

Locoweeds can have such an alkaloid content that one Nevada species has even poisoned the bees which were pollinating the plants.

Alkaloid poisoning has a cumulative effect which can be absorbed over long periods of time until symptoms appear and the effects in many cases are irreversible.
 
Quote 4the day: Love them, treasure them, repect them and in return you can learn to fly on an angel that they are...
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