Avoid Leafy Bites

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE -

You en­joy your au­tumn rides, be­cause you like to see the chang­ing sea­sons and shift­ing col­ors. Keep in mind that many of the leaves that look pretty to you are toxic to your horse. Con­sult your state ex­ten­sion of­fice to find out what lo­cally grown leaves, grasses and weeds are toxic to horses so that you can iden­tify and avoid them on the trail.

Red maple leaves ( Acer rubrum) are poi­sonous when they’ve fallen and wilted; red oak leaves can con­tam­i­nate still drink­ing wa­ter. Teach your horse not to nib­ble as you ride. Put him to work, ask­ing him to fol­low your right, left, for­ward, and re­verse cues.

If your horse does reach for a taste, bounce your reins away from the leaves, in­stead of pulling with con­tin­u­ous pres­sure. Rhyth­mic pres­sure doesn’t give your horse some­thing to brace against and in­stead will en­cour­age him to turn away. You may also need to reach down, grab one rein, and turn his head away from his snack. — Heidi Melocco

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