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Even though it was 30+ mph winds today I still managed a gritted teeth smile half way round my 26 mile loop. Grateful to have a healthy heart and body to experience the elements even though it was very testing at times but I must admit I loved every second. It’s weird as it’s like I love the pain and mental games the body does to you on rides like this but I keep on coming back for more.
We’re having some gusty winds and rain in our area, so thought we’d remind everyone of the risk of acorns and sycamore seeds falling into your horse and ponies paddocks. Acorns contain tannic acid which when ingested can cause liver and kidney damage. Symptoms of acorn poisoning may include depression, colic, diarrhoea. Some horses may develop a taste for them and actively eat them whereas fortunately the majority of horses will avoid them and cases of acorn poisoning are rare.
Sycamore seeds contain the toxin hypoglycin A which causes Atypical myopathy (AM or sycamore myopathy). This is a severe and often fatal muscle disorder. Symptoms include mild to moderate colic signs, depression, reluctance to move, weakness/stiffness, dark red/brown urine, incumbency, inability to raise their head.
Prevention is the best policy. We recommend you check your grazing carefully and avoid or fence off affected area.Also ensure horses are well fed to reduce risk of them being tempted to eat acorns or sycamore seeds.If you have any concerns please call us on 01782510502 #agnewequine#equinevet#acornpoisioning#sycamore#atypicalmyopathy#doingthebestforyourhorse#preventationisbetterthancure#vetlife#pasturemanagment#fieldissues#autumn#windy