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Poisonous plants for horses

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on May 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Poisonous plants for horses




While ragwort has a bitter taste and is rarely eaten by horses when it is growing, when it is wilted or dried it becomes more palatable. This plant contains toxins that result in liver failure and even death, so hay should not be made from fields containing ragwort. Eating just 1-5kg of the stuff over a horse’s life time may be fatal.

Ragwort thrives on poor grazing and wasteland, and each plant produces thousands of seeds that are dispersed widely by the wind. Local authorities have legal power to order land owners to clear land containing the weed, and a good guide to identifying it is available on the Defra website (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil...).



Horses will not normally eat fresh foxglove but it is more palatable in hay and just 100g could prove fatal. Symptoms of foxglove poisoning include, contracted pupils, convulsions, breathing difficulties and death after only a few hours.

Deadly nightshade


Despite its name, poisoning from nightshade is not normally fatal to horses but can cause unconsciousness, dilation of the pupils and convulsions.



Buttercups are poisonous to horses if eaten fresh, but a horse would need to eat large amounts to die from eating them.


Seek professional advice on spraying to remove from grazing areas. Dried buttercups are harmless in hay.




Oak trees pose a particular threat to horses when they drop their acorns in the autumn. Acorns are relished by many horses and can lead to severe colic and poisoning if eaten in large quantities.


Collect the acorns up, or move horses to a place without oak in the autumn.




Is common in gardens, and the fallen leaves and berries are as lethal to your horse as the fresh plant – so be careful of fallen leaves and berries being blown into your field, even if the hedges are fenced off.


Just 0.5kg can be fatal, with the horse falling into an insensitive state similar to sleep.




Is also common in gardens so be careful of neighbours hedges and the possibility of people dumping cuttings in the field.


Box privet is the most dangerous, as eating even small quantities can kill a horse.




Very small quantities of this are highly toxic to horses, causing death by failure of the respiratory system.


Sycamore, maple and other acers


This is known as seasonal as it is thought that the helicopter seeds in autumn, and the saplings in spring, contain Hypoglycin-A that causes atypical myopathy in horses.


Symptoms include muscular stiffness, reluctance to walk, muscle tremors, sweating, depression, high heart rate, dark urine (reddish in colour). Your horse may appear weak and may have difficulty standing, breathing difficulties, but may still want to eat. Call your vet as quickly as you can.


Is another name given to the Flax plant. The Flax plant has five pale blue petals with brown seeds within and grows to approximately 1 meter in height. These seeds are poisonous.

 Horses Symptoms

Symptoms of linseed poisoning are a rapid heart beat, breathing difficulties, excessive salivation and difficulty in standing and in coordination.

Linseed can be found throughout much of Europe.


Bracken is a type of fern which commonly grows between two and six feet high. Bracken dies back during the autumn and cold winter months and starts to come through again in the spring and summer months.


Horses Symptoms When Eaten

Bracken can cause a deficiency in vitamin B1, symptoms can include a lack of appetite, general weakness and disorders of the nervous system.

Bracken Can Be Found

Bracken can be found worldwide, especially in good draining areas such as woodland and hill tops where it is especially successful.


The Iris can be a number of different colours.


Horses Symptoms

Iris poisoning can cause digestive upsets and general weakness with a rise in the horses temperature.

The Iris Can Be Found

Iris can be found throughout United Kingdom, North America and parts of Europe.


Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on May 9, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Turmeric is a product of Curcuma longa, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the ginger family Zingiberaceae, which is native to tropical South Asia. As many as 133 species of Curcuma have been identified worldwide  Most of them have common local names and are used for various medicinal formulations. The turmeric plant needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Individual plants grow to a height of 1 m, and have long, oblong leaves. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and are reseeded from some of those rhizomes in the following season. The rhizome, from which the turmeric is derived, is tuberous, with a rough and segmented skin. The rhizomes mature beneath the foliage in the ground. They are yellowish brown with a dull orange interior. The main rhizome is pointed or tapered at the distal end and measures 2.5–7.0 cm (1–3 inches) in length and 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter, with smaller tubers branching off. When the turmeric rhizome is dried, it can be ground to a yellow powder with a bitter, slightly acrid, yet sweet, taste.

An important alfalfa fact

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on May 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

An important alfalfa fact would be its power packed nutritional constituents. This would include minerals and vitamins, choline, organic acids, free amino acids, non-protein amino acids (example canavinine), strachydrine, coumarins, isoflavonoids, saponins and steroids such as b-sitosterol, campesterol, stigamsterol, etc. Alfalfa also contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, chlorophyll and carotene, as well as minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Pure Alfalfa leaves and stems are also a rich source of  L-lysine (omega-3 fatty acids) and aid in combating deficiency of the same.

''An interesting alfalfa fact lies in the language origin of the name


of the plant. Etymologically, its name is derived from


“al-fac-facah”, which means “father of all foods” in Arabic.''

Clinical and clinicopathologic effects of large doses of raw linseed oil as compared to mineral oil in healthy horses.

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on January 24, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Clinical and clinicopathologic effects of large doses of raw linseed oil as compared to mineral oil in healthy horses.

Schumacher J1, DeGraves FJ, Spano JS.


The clinical and clinicopathologic effects of raw linseed oil and mineral oil were compared. In a crossover experimental design trial, 6 horses were given either raw linseed oil (2.5 mL/kg body weight) or mineral oil (10 mL/kg body weight), twice, 12 hours apart. Two weeks later, the horses received the opposite treatment. All horses given mineral oil or linseed oil developed nonformed feces by 24 hours of the first administration of oil. Horses treated with mineral oil had formed feces at 48 hours; horses treated with linseed oil developed normally formed feces at 96 to 108 hours. All horses treated with linseed oil had signs of depression and anorexia, and 3 had signs of mild colic. These signs were not observed in horses treated with mineral oil. Concentrations of serum glucose and bilirubin were significantly higher in horses treated with linseed oil when compared with horses treated with mineral oil.

Author information

1Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL 36849-5522, USA.

PMID: 9348497 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Omega 3 and Omega 6

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on December 5, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Raw freshly ground carob crumb (not roasted or cooked) is classed as a super food and contains a perfect balance of 6:1 ratio of omega 6 fatty acids and omega 3 fatty acids and is far superior to most nuts and seeds. More importantly You need the EPA and DHA forms of omega-3 to promote proper body function. How much EPA and DHA are in linseed? NONE.

What Linseed does contain is alpha-linolenic acid, which has to be converted to EPA and DHA to be of any use in your body. Your body only converts a very small amount of alpha-linolenic acid to the kinds of omega-3s you need, if it’s able to convert it at all Ref: Al Sears MD

Research undertaken by Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that carob pods have a high amount of polyphenols. Which helps protect the immune system and helps  eliminate toxins from the animals body.

Raw ground carob crumb (containing the whole raw carob pod including seeds) The tannins in whole raw carob pods are known to bind to toxins and have an astringent (derives from Latin adstringere, meaning "to bind fast") effect in the gastrointestinal tract which makes them very useful for treating lose stools.

Our REAL Carob crumb is made from freshly harvested and selected whole carob pods and ground freshly everyday here on our farm in Cornwall, it has not been heat treated to 400°F or mixed with vegetable oils, soy lecithin or linseed meal, and is 100% natural and pure.

Our Turmeric for sale on ebay and Amazon

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on December 5, 2015 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (2)

This is a recent testimonial left on our sister web site www.valleyviewcornwall.co.uk. All turmeric powder been sold on alternative sites ebay etc. with a minimum of 3.5% curcumin has been sourced from ourselves and if in doubt please ask the sellers to provide an authentic legal certificate with the purchase. We are fully licenced for import/export, and not a retailer, you are buying direct.

''This is really good value for money,my daughter first bought this off eBay and paid four times the price.fortunately the seller had left the valleyview label on the packet which enabled us to purchase direct,which is saving quite alot of money''

Poisoning in horses due to linseed cake

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on December 5, 2015 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is only one of 547 recorded hydrocyanic acid poisoning's by the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux (CAB) Data base. I wonder how many more have not been diagnosed or recorded.

An outbreak of hydrocyanic acid poisoning which killed 9 horses is recorded. The source of the HCN was traced to linseed cake. Symptoms are described.-W. M. Allcroft.