To spray or not to spray?

Asked April 9, 2020, 7:39 PM EDT

Someone else manages the hayfields where I live, and they insist on spraying them with weed killer because “horses can’t eat dandelions”. I argue that this is untrue, and that by spraying they are putting unnecessary stress on the local ecology and ground water. Am I right? Thanks

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Hello. My first question would be are the weeds actually dandelions or are they false dandelions also known as flatweed? Flatweed is toxic to horses in both fresh and dried forms. So that would be my first thought is that it is false dandelion. Actual dandelion is not toxic to horses unless they over indulge in them in which colic could result.