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

Thought 4the day: Hay haylage which do you prefer? Some horses will only eat one and not the other they can be fussy like us in a way! We have one if given the chance would simply only eat straw!!!! He will eat his bedding first then move onto his haynet lol aren't they funny yet wonderful things :o)
Fact 4the day: Poison hemlock, a relatively common grassland plant, kills a number of horses, sheep and cattle each year and is extremely toxic to humans.

All parts of the plant, commonly known as deadly hemlock, spotted hemlock, poison parsley, European hemlock, California fern and Nebraska fern, are poisonous.

In the spring until poison hemlock flowers, the leaves are especially poisonous.
Poison hemlock is often found along roadsides and creek beds.
Humans are poisoned when they confuse poison hemlock roots with wild parsnips, or the seeds as anise seeds.

The plant is so deadly that whistles made from the plant's hollow stems have been known to kill children.

Fortunately, the toxin is relatively neutral after the plant has cured, so poison hemlock accidentally baled into properly dried hay does not pose a problem.

Symptoms of Poison Hemlock Poisoning

Symptoms of poisoning will appear within a few hours after ingestion and may range from...
sudden, unexpected collapse
nervous trembling
uncoordination, especially in the hindquarters
dilated pupils

The horses pulse may be weak and he may appear cyanotic (bluish appearance of the mouth and gums), and he may be disoriented or unaware of his surroundings.

In serious cases, death occurs within ten hours of the onset of symptoms due to respiratory paralysis.

Less serious poisonings, which still may include periods of coma, can sometimes benefit from early use of stimulants and stomach tubing with mineral oil.

If respiratory shutdown can be avoided and the horse can pass any remaining ingested leaves, full recovery is possible without any long term ill effects.
Quote 4the day: Slowly slowly catch a horsey, rush and you catch nothin!!
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