Poisonous plants to horses

with Karen Coumbe and Chris Shaw

Ragwort is an all too common sight in fields across the UK, but what other plants may pose a risk to our horses? 

We were joined by vet Karen Coumbe from Bell Equine and World Horse Welfare Field Officer Chris Saw who explored common poisonous plants horse owners and yard managers should be aware of, their effects on horses and how to manage them. 

Together they discussed some of the stranger cases they have encountered in their respective roles. 


Royal Veterinary College – atypical myopathy – https://www.rvc.ac.uk/equine-vet/information-and-advice/fact-files/atypical-myopathy

Bell Equine – atypical myopathy – https://bellequine.co.uk/atypical-myopathy-prevention/

Scientific publication on acorn poisoning – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24917312/

World Horse Welfare advice on poisonous plants – https://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/advice/management/ragwort

Subjects covered include – Ragwort poisoning in horses, atypical myopathy in horses, how to tell if a horse has been poisoned, horse paddock management and much more.

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