Equine Ailments - A to Z
Poisoning - see section on Poisonous Plants in Britain. The prevention of plant poisoning is apparent; firstly to prevent access to poisonous plants, secondly to get rid of poisonous plants wherever possible. As a general rule horses are quite fussy eaters and they will not eat them when there is plenty of other food available. However, in certain circumstances, such as food shortage or a huge fresh supply of the poisonous plant, or it being present dried in forage, e.g. Ragwort or Belladonna in hay, it will sometimes lead them to eat what they would normally avoid. There are many forms of poisoning and only a few specific treatments.