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BRIEF: Is there any way to prevent your horse from eating poisonous plants?


QUESTION:
I was wondering if there are any ways to prevent your horse from eating poisonous plants?

ANSWER:

Put them completely out of the horses reach. Even well-fed horses will sample poisonous plants on occasion. If it is a yew bush, a couple of mouthfulls will kill them. If it is yellow star thistle, they may become adicted and die of brain damage. Of course, a poorly fed horse turned into an unfamiliar paddock with toxic plants present is almost certain to have a problem in a hurry.