**Help ** Are green corn stalks poisonous to horses?

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  1. MeantTooRide

    MeantTooRide Senior Member

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    My horse got out last evening and got into our garden and ate a good bit of young corn stalks! We say her and put her away and didn't think much of it. And then this morning she seems to be drooling a little excessively?? So should I be Worried:confused:
     






  2. ASM

    ASM Senior Member

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    I don't know about toxicity, but I might be worried about choke. Is she breathing ok? As long as she is not colicking, keep an eye on her and call a vet if you think she is acting sick.
     
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  3. shu

    shu Full Member

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    Bitter tastes will make horses drool ... I'd call the vet to make sure.
     
  4. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    You really ought to call your vet regardless. Those things are full of sugars, and that in and of itself wouldn't be good - wouldn't be much different than raiding a bag of feed.
     
  5. kellirettie

    kellirettie Full Member

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    I wouldnt call my vet? i would just keep an eye on her and if symptoms get worse then yes i might call the vet... corn stalks to my knowlege are not toxic unless it has been sprayed for pesticides,
    jbandrio- you call your vet when your horse gets into the grain? iv had many of mine get out and eat ALOT of grain and as long as he does not seem to be colicing i dont do much about it besides not feed him that night with grain and depending on how much he ate may not feed in the AM either. I have not had an issue when that has happened. but perhaps mine were all easy that way?
     
  6. coloredcowhorse

    coloredcowhorse Senior Member+

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    Corn is basically a giant grass so not likely to do harm just from eating them (I know people who feed them at the end of gardening season). Once they start producing ears of corn most of the plant energy (sugar) is going into the seeds....if she ate a lot of those then she could have a bit of a sugar overload and be at risk for founder but if you saw her and put her away fairly quickly that's not likely. I would be concerned about her drooling....corn stalks are pretty hard material and she could have a mild choke going on....keep an eye on her and see if she eats her regular food this morning or passes it up....if she doesn't eat then I'd have the vet check her...if she eats OK then she's likely fine.
     
  7. dallasbarnone

    dallasbarnone Senior Member+

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    of course you would call your vet , IF you want to be sure the horse is ok - and as far as getting into the grain , i would call before the horse got back in the stall ! if you want to prevent founder and colic that is, if given early enough, mineral oil can stop them from digesting /and foundering from getting into the grain , also , corn stalks are hard to digest and can cause a blockage--- and alot like getting into the feed bin.. calling the vet NOW, gives the vet time to get there and the horse is more apt to come out of it with little to no damage, goof around and call later, the horse is already starting to colic and//or founder, thats not counting poisoning from moldy or damp/damaged corn... probably the most deadly . If you wait and call later, you pay emergency call, extra treatments and lose the horse anyway.. guess it depends on what outcome you really want. Again, if i was a vet and someone called with an emergency because the horse got in the grain YESTERDAY< they would be last on the list, or alot more expensive .
     
  8. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    "young corn stalks" are far different from the mature stalks. All that growth - often quite fast - means a lot of sugar. That's what I'm concerned about, just as if the horse had eaten a great many ears of corn.

    What's a "good bit" of this? If she was out for the better part of the night, partying, then yeah, I would be at least calling my vet. Dallas is right - IF this is going to be a problem, by the time you start seeing symptoms you're in trouble. Prevention is a far better option.
     
  9. MeantTooRide

    MeantTooRide Senior Member

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    Thanks everyone for the replys. I just kept an eye on her and and she was fine! She is happily out in the pasture grazing!
     
  10. dallasbarnone

    dallasbarnone Senior Member+

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    my friends mare did the same thing, last year, and they lost her a week later from impaction..but she was out all nite
     






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