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Red Maple, or Acer rubrum, Intoxication

Filed Under: Horses, Poisoning

Are your horses on a poor pasture this fall?  Is there a beautiful red maple tree in the field?  You might want to think twice about this tree being a pasture-mate to your horses.  Green or wilted leaves of the red maple tree can be hazardous to your horse’s health.  

Consumption of the wilted leaves of the red maple will cause an acute and profound Heinz body anemia (destruction of red blood cells) and methemoglobin production.

The toxin involved in the poisoning has, to-date, not been identified.

Gastrointestional Ulcers in Horses

Filed Under: Horses, Diet & Nutrition

Gastric ulcers may be an important source of gastrointestional problems in foals and adult horses under stress. The prevalence and severity of ulcers in an adult horse will increase as stress increases. A horses with a nervous disposition is more likely to have ulcers than a quiet or easygoing animal. Horses under intense training, such as race horses, tend to have moderate to severe gastric changes and up to 90% of racing horses may be affected.

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