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.