False dandelion in hay dangers

Asked July 17, 2019, 5:54 PM EDT

Does false dandelion in hay carry the same danger for horses as fresh grazed false dandelion? And, what can we supplement to counteract the effects?

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

False dandelion has been associated with stringhalt in horses. This is shown to be the case ideologically but difficult to reproduce experimentally. It is likely that the plant in hay is just as toxic as standing in a pasture since the disease is more common in late summer, however, this also has not been proven. The only mitigation is pasture renovation or removal of horses from theo ffending hay/pasture.
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Again, there is little evidence to suggest that this occurs.