Are organically grown tomato plant leaves harmful to horses?

Asked February 12, 2015, 12:18 AM EST

Are organically grown tomato plant leaves harmful to horses?

Kern County California horse nutrition

1 Response

In fact tomato leaves are toxic to horses. Tomatoes are in the same class of plants as nightshade, and the leaves have similar toxic effects in horses. The main effect is disruption of normal gut motility, and horses that have consumed significant quantities of tomato leaves may show signs of colic.

The good news is that horses don't normally like the taste of tomato leaves, so unless there is no other green vegatation around for a horse to eat, he will usually not select tomato leaves due to unpalatability.