Are Dandelion's good for horses?

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  1. Batteries

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    I've heard that dandelion's are good for horses, but is there a limit a horse should eat because my horse had quite a few today, and I don't want him to get sick (I would say he had about 20):rolleyez:
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  2. puzzles mom

    puzzles mom Senior Member

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    My horses LOVE dandelions! My pasture has a lot of them and I have never had a problem with my horses eating them, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. pippy

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    Dandilions in excess is related to the condition called stringhalt where the hock snap up when they are moving out.

    It is known to be from one particular type of DDL but I can't remember at present, but 20 aren't going to hurt your horse.
     
  4. WashingtonBay

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    They certainly aren't bad for them, or there would be an awful lot of sick horses. My own pastures have more than I would like.

    There's a limit on anything. But it would be a full order of magnitude greater than twenty. :)

    He'll be fine :)
     
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    Dandelions generally don;t cause harm if not eaten in excess. But if they are consumed too heavily they can become quite a laxative and are believed to be related to stringhalt as previously mentioned.
     
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    The stringhalt connection appears to me to be a possible correlation with a variety of 'false dandelion' that is specifically in Australia and New Zealand... Veterinarian - Stringhalt in horses

    Anyone know more?
     
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    Thanks Everyone!
    and WashingtonBay I would be interested to more too :)
    but I didn't wanna read all of that, thats just too much ;)
     
  8. JBandRio

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    The REAL dandelions are very nutritious - for people too!

    Make SURE it's the real thing, and not "false dandelion", aka catsear.

    Catsear is a cause of induced stringhalt, so you need to make very sure which you have.
     
  9. pippy

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    It is a direct correlation between the NZ/auz or "false" variety and stringhalt, my first horse had mild stringhalt so I research a lot on it.
    And we are rather well versed in it here because stringhalt is very common especially in young stock - particularily TB's on stud frams who don't have good pasture management. If the horse is removed from the feild and kept away from DDL in the future the sypmtoms of stringhalt are reduced sometimes to the point it can no longer be called stringhalt. But if it occurs once the horse is about 5 there will be some symptoms for life. (I think those ages are right it been a long time since i did the research)

    I forgot its only a variety thats down here - its not common elsewhere.
     
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    False dandelion is more prevalent in the US than people think, unfortunately. According to the site I posted,
     






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