Warn­ing: toxic to horses

NZ Lifestyle Block - - PASTURE WEED WATCH -

One im­por­tant point to raise about catsear is its po­ten­tial tox­i­c­ity to horses. Catsear has been linked (although not proven) to cases of string­halt, a neu­ro­log­i­cal is­sue in horses that causes the mus­cles in the rear legs to con­tract so ex­ces­sively an af­fected an­i­mal can kick it­self in the stom­ach.

I’m not the best per­son to pro­vide an­i­mal health ad­vice, es­pe­cially about horses (they ter­rify me), but I would be very care­ful about al­low­ing horses to graze in pad­docks with high lev­els of catsear.

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