Is there some kind of weed or grass that may have just started coming out...

Asked April 4, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

Is there some kind of weed or grass that may have just started coming out (Granville) since March 30? My horse is showing allergy symptoms-swollen throat latch, skin lesion on ventral midline. too early for midges. This plant is currently blooming in the pasture...chickweed? not? not sure if it even is of concern.

Licking County Ohio

1 Response

The weed is a winter annual. From the picture I cannot tell for sure if it is a chick weed or hairy bittercress. I am unable to find any information if these plants are toxic or cause any of the symptoms you have described. Normally animals will not eat toxic plants unless there is nothing else to forage on. I would recommend you contact your veterinarian to diagnose the problem.