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Re: Plants

Hello Pat,

I have not heard anything against palmetto branches or grave vines, but I can tell you that oak tree leaves are toxic over the long term. In other words, they will not immediately cause a problem, but over time, can cause liver damage.

Most horses will avoid oak leaves, however the acorns are especially tasty and are toxic. So, I recommend removing oak trees from your horse's reach (unless they leave them alone).

A periodic liver enzyme check is a good idea if you have plants that your horses periodically eat that concern you.

Best wishes for the new year,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I live in florida and our horses are pastured alot of the time. I see them eating palmetto branches, oak tree leaves and grape vine. Are these plants safe for them to eat.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO