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Jenniffer Teal
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 - 11:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 20 yr old mare constantly tries to eat fox tail weeds! I heard this was bad but there used to grass with these foxtails and now theirs not I try not to let her eat them but just how harmful are these?
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Wiley G Gillmor
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Posted on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 - 12:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Jenniffer,

One of the geldings at the ranch where I board insisted on eating foxtails. He regularly got large number of sores from the seed casings in his mouth. This required removing the seed casings one by one with tweezers. He would not tolerate a bit until the sores healed.

Wiley
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Lisa Brand
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Post Number: 94
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 - 4:02 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Jennifer,

A few bales of the hay I got last year had significant amounts of foxtail in it. Both my geldings ended up with sores in their mouths. It wasn't pretty. I came to HA to research the problem and as soon as I removed the hay, they immediately started improving.

I didn't have to pick out seed casings as Wiley mentions, (I probably should have as they are very visible). I removed the hay and within a couple weeks, both were much better and the sores mostly healed.

If your horse insists on eating the foxtail, I would check her mouth regularly to make sure she's not getting sores.

Lisa
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 - 8:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Jenniffer are you sure you have foxtails (seed heads to the plants of the genus Setaria) right now, they usually do not appear until late summer and mowing the pasture before they mature usually controls them.
DrO
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