A sting­ing net­tle warn­ing

EQUUS - - Letters -

Lori Hel­lenga Stevensville, Michi­gan

I trea­sure the di­verse sto­ries and ar­ti­cles in EQUUS, and “Test Your Knowl­edge of Poi­sonous Plants” (EQUUS 477) was es­pe­cially help­ful. I was re­lieved to know that star this­tle isn’t toxic un­less it’s con­sumed at 50 to 200 per­cent of the horse’s weight within a 30- to 90-day pe­riod. I’ll keep pulling it, though!

With re­gards to sting­ing net­tle, we need to be aware that not only can a painful skin rash re­sult from brush­ing against the leaves and stems, but some horses may have an ana­phy­lac­tic re­ac­tion to the most min­i­mal con­tact. Last fall a horse be­long­ing to a good friend of mine died that way. My friend has been ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the risk, and I’d like to help turn her tragedy into a pre­ven­tion for oth­ers. Kay Lieberknecht Ukiah, Cal­i­for­nia

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