Unfortunately it’s the time of year when we start to see snakes out and about. I found an informative article from Equus Magazine that talks about what to do if your horse does get bit by a snake. Though it is rare, it can happen and we horse owners should be prepared just in case. Here’s an important resource for horse owners from Equus Magazine:
Spring has sprung and so has fiddleneck (also know as tarweed or yellow bur weed.)
Fiddleneck is a flowering plant that is extremely poisonous to your horses.
Dr. Lisa Teske has recently seen the plant at three separate appointments here in our area. Small amounts of fiddleneck, if eaten, may cause serious damage to a horse’s liver and in some cases complete liver failure, which is very difficult to treat.
Symptoms of ingestion of fiddleneck include depression, diarrhea, weight loss, skin changes and discoloration, swelling of the legs, etc.
Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms in your horse and please be on guard this season. While the blooms we see all around us certainly are enjoyable, in some cases they may be deadly for horses.
Check out https://csuvth.colostate.edu/poisonous_plants/Plants/Search for more information about the plants that may be dangerous for your four legged friends.
We are all so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. This time of year always reminds me of how much I love it here. If you are a horse owner, along with the green grass and wildflowers we know it’s spring because our horses are shedding… a lot!
This month we say farewell to Sharra Kelley as she relocates. We thank her for her service as chair of the Equestrian Center Committee.
Now in that position, we welcome Sarah Jackson. Sarah and her husband, Ethan Jackson (you may have seen him at previous Town Hall events in uniform, representing our local California Highway Patrol) moved to Yosemite Lakes Park in October from the Wishon/Bass Lake area. They chose to move their family to YLP for the Equestrian Center and Rivergold School, and have been enjoying the community here.
Sarah recently resigned from CHP after 10 years to care for their four children. Prior to serving as a CHP officer, Sarah was a cost accountant for Flory Industries in Salida, and an editor for the American University of the Caribbean. You might see Sarah at the barn, riding her palomino mare, Vitesse (pronouced Vee-TESS, after the Bugatti) with her 4-year-old daughter and her pony, Morning Glory. Sarah has been barrel racing since she was 7 years old, and still competes today.
Let’s welcome the Jackson family to YLP and Sarah to the chair position on the Equestrian Committee!