Thought, fact and quote for the day 30/4/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 30/4/12

Thought 4the day: Sometimes the hardest decision is the easiest decision for your friend. It breaks our hearts when it comes to letting them go. To tell someone else what their doing is the right thing to let their beloved mare go to heaven was hard but its what the mare needed and what they need i will always say. All night i have thought about it trying to think what would i do if shoe was on my foot and i am afraid i would let the mare go after all that shes been through and her quality of life is not what most would think appropriate. The lady is doing the right thing shes tried everything bless her. Now its time to release her. Its not easy and never will be but we are here if she needs us and for all else that need that reassurance..
Quote 4the day: life is a box of chocolates you might ride a toffee who acts hard and non caring but deep inside their really a soft centre... lol
Fact 4the day: Fiddleneck and related plants of the amsinckia species have been linked to causing cirrhosis of the liver in horses.

These plants include fiddleneck, tarweed, yellow burr weed, fireweed and buckthorn, which are predominantly found in the semi-arid regions of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

The fiddleneck plants appear in late winter and early spring.
The seeds are the most toxic parts of these plants and fortunately the mature plants are unpalatable to most horses.

Most instances of poisoning occur when mature amsinckia species are bailed in early cuttings of hay or when contaminated grain was threshed for horses.

Some poisonings have occurred when horses were pastured on wheat stubble in contaminated fields.

Cirrhosis causes hardening and eventual metabolic shutdown of the horse's liver.

The liver can no longer filter out toxic wastes which, among other things, produces disturbances of the nervous system.

Affected horses have been known to walk aimlessly for miles ...,
running into objects in their path rather than go around them
pressing their heads into solid objects
and occasionally becoming frenzied when they cannot continue.

Sometimes death results from the horse getting hopelessly entangled in a fence or literally walking over the edge of a cliff or ravine.

Other behavioral abnormalities include ...,
recklessness, charging, lack of coordination, circling, staggering, "dragging" of the hind limbs, which have been described as the "sleepy staggers".
The horse may also appear listless, hang its head and acting sluggish or depressed.
Signs of colic may be present, which may include straining, diarrhea and rectal prolapse.
Small foul smelling ulcers may appear in the mouth.

The chronic horse will become a poor keeper, show yellow membranes around the eyes and mouth, produce a rough coat and eventually become anemic and die.

Healthy horses need to consume amsinckia plants over a period of time before enough liver damage occurs to produce symptoms.

Unfortunately, once cirrhosis of the liver develops, it is for all practical purposes irreversible.
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