Thought, fact and quote for the day 4/5/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 4/5/12

Thought 4the day: How to spot things when their not right do you just know from your friends behaviour in the smallest way or do they have to hit you hard? I was monitoring Puzzle closely on Tuesday as she seemed a little off for a couple of hours before she went down. Her gut sounds where normal and then stopped! She had a compaction with her colic and thank god we caught it and had the vet out in 20 mins. The injections she had were powerful things and we should see the response within 20 mins and we did she moved and held her head higher. Simple things like that tell you alot about a horse and pony..
Quote 4the day: Love, laugh and be free with your majestic beauty that helps you to be free and fly..
Fact 4the day: Lupines involve a large genus of plants, many species of which are not poisonous. They typically display bunches of white, blue, purple or pinkish pea-shaped flowers on upright stalks.

They are found in a wide variety of landscapes from ocean beaches to high mountain pastures. Like locoweeds, it is difficult for even the experts to distinguish the toxic plants from the non-toxic, you should assume that all lupines are harmful if eaten.

While poisonous throughout the year, young lupines and those going to seed are the most toxic. Fortunately the effects are not cumulative so a lethal dose must be consumed over a short period, otherwise if removed from access to lupines and if symptoms are properly cared for, a poisoned horse should recover.

Symptoms : include gastrointestinal irritation accompanied by diarrhea. The horse's gait may change; the horse being reluctant to move and lifting his feet higher than normal when he does, acting nervous and displaying leg twitching. Loss of muscle control, prostrations, convulsions and coma may follow. While the "one time ingester" of lupines may completely recover, continuous consumption can produce toxic hepatitis. This can result from lupines being baled in hay cut from poorly managed fields and being fed to horses over time. Other than separating the horse from the toxic plants and treating the visible symptoms, there is no published treatment for lupine poisoning.
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