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Put simply, a poisonous plant is one that will have a detrimental effect on humans or animals if eaten. Plant toxins act as a chemical defence for the plant and most poisonous plants contain toxins that evolved to protect the plant against attack by insects. Some of these toxins are also poisonous to animals.
There are said to be around 1000 poisonous plants that grow in the world. However, not all of these plants are considered a risk to horses. Some plants contain toxins that are not thought to affect horse health, some are very unlikely to be found in areas where horses are kept and some need to be eaten in such large quantities to induce
poisoning, or so unpalatable to horses, that in practical terms their risk to horses is virtually non-existent
The plants described in this editorial are either known to be poisonous to horses because poisoning cases have been
well documented, or they are suspected to be poisonous to horses and are commonly found in areas where horses
Horses are grazing animals that have evolved to selectively browse on pastures that contain a wide variety of plants and grasses. Domestication has altered the diet of horses, their daily habits and the environment in which they live compared to their ancestors. The way that horses and horse properties are managed can play a major role in reducing the risk of plant poisoning.
REASONS WHY PLANTS WITH POISON CAN KILL YOUR HORSE
1. Type of toxin or toxins: Different plant toxins have different effects on horses. Some plant toxins may have mild effects if ingested and some may be deadly. Plant toxins can affect body systems such as metabolism, the heart, brain, liver or the skin.
2. Stage of growth: Some plants contain different amounts or types of toxins at different stages of growth.
3.Season: Some plants are only poisonous at certain times of the year.
4. Environmental factors:Environmental factors such as drought, flooding and fire can influence the growth of poisonous plants and the amount of toxins that they might contain.
To be Continued.
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