30 April 2011 at 14:21 Some horses do have a nettles allergy that causes problems within the gastrointestinal tract. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the stinging hairs or you will likely regret it! This can be time consuming and expensive. Those stinging nettles were cultivated in 1-2 years, the study was done in Prato (43053’N, 11006’E) Tuscanyregion[12]. It’s not just in a medicinal way that nettles are beneficial though it also acts as a general provider of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium and Vitamin C – itself a powerfulanti-oxidant that helps to mop up free radicals that may be released from fat cells in lamintics. eg: 10-15-20(5) means 10% N, 15% P, 20% K, 5% Mg Calculation of quantities [ edit ] Eg: A crop like cauliflower requires 3 kg of … In many cases of nettles allergy in horses, treatment is not necessary. Allergic reactions to nettles can occur when your horse brushes against the plant, eats the plant or inhales the spores from the plant. Oozing, soft nodules or doughnut shaped, raised areas will appear on parts of your horse’s body. It was thought to have been introduced to … Contact your veterinarian for an assessment and do not feed your horse anything until your veterinarian has arrived. Have a wonderful weekend. When flu season is around the corner, don’t forget about your friend, stinging nettles! I was also told by an elderly farmer that the presence of stinging nettles is a sign of high nitrogen in your field - makes sense. I haven't tried the recipe they gave us yet (don't have the nerve to). Subscribe to get your copy of this great magazine when it comes out .... Total Contact Saddle - the ultimate treeless saddle for horse and rider, Total Contact Saddle, TCS, new pony saddle, Treeless saddle, novice riders. The horse was down in the field… Controlling stinging nettle is a virtuous pursuit, due to its painful effect on human skin. Clip or pinch off several sets of leaves from the top of the plant. Big lawn mowers, petrol hedge cutters with extendable bits and petrol strimmers ! (again !). Iron is needed for the production of red blood cells and … I have heard of horses eating them after they have been cut down and wilted a bit but I have watched her on a few occasions just walk up to a massive clump of live stinging nettles and put her whole head in … Its young tops may be boiled during the spring and summer, and eaten as a substitute for greens. The anti-histamine compounds in the nettle help to negate this effect and so reduce some inflammation for him. In this case some dietary iron, in the form of planty things like nettles, may have some benefit for them. Which animal will eat stinging nettles? Alas! The complexities of the Stinging Nettle start with its history. Generally, nettles allergies will present in the late spring and summer months. Stinging Nettle Remedies. Stinging Nettle is a surprisingly helpful plant in food and medicine despite its stinging hairs, as seen below. It comes and goes like with most ‘lammies’ but when it does come it does so with a vengeance and, possibly, with increasing severity. It can cause a burning and stinging sensation wherever it comes in contact with your skin. "It was found that horses which had become thin and suffered from digestive troubles, benefited from the use of Nettles in their rations." Ted has laminitis. Now, whilst most horses aren’t iron deficient one effect of high sugar levels on gut bacteria is for them to get a liking for iron. The strimmer needs filling up with petrol again so I’ll leave it there for now. Stinging Nettle, great herb for horses There was a time when stinging nettle was the food for the less affluent people because it grew everywhere and was a cheap source of nutrition. Eating Stinging Nettles Picture courtesy of Uwe H. Friese, Bremerhaven 2003 Stinging Nettles are generally considered as a noxious weed but it has many benefits and uses. All our horses on the track will eat wilted nettles but for one in particular it has a special significance. These tests will rule out potential causes of the allergic reaction. It can cause problems with livestock, too. Cattle generally try to avoid this weed if possible, but it can cause problems for horses. *Wag! The symptoms are typically cosmetic and do not cause severe pain to your horse. So what is a stinging nettle? Many reach for a broad leaf dock at this point to rub on it but Ribwort or Broad Leaf Plantain are probably better or even Creeping Ground Ivy which often grow nearby – isn’t nature wonderful ! To top it off, the manure produced makes a much healthier fertilizer as well. If you have any questions regarding the medications, contact your veterinarian. Nettles are native to Western North America, Northern Africa, Europe and Asia. ⚠️BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF STINGING NETTLES⚠️ We recently went out to a horse showing severe signs of distress shortly after being turned out in the field. Sudden onset of soft nodules over part of your horse’s skin. This is the same "stinging" nettle that you may have (unfortunately) first run into while hiking through a field or in damp woods, and gotten a greeting like a swarm of angry bees... fresh Nettles contain chemicals akin to formic acid, the chemical found in bee and red ant venom. Recovery from foxglove poisoning is slim at the very best. Poor ol’ Ted. Stinging Nettle Remedies. ⚠️BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF STINGING NETTLES⚠️ We recently went out to a horse showing severe signs of distress shortly after being turned out in the field… For the actual nodules that are on your horse’s skin, your veterinarian will prescribe a mild antiseptic solution to be used along with antibiotic creams and corticosteroid creams. The contest began in the late 1980s when two farmers argued over who had the longest stinging nettles in their field and evolved into the World Nettle Eating Championships when one of the farmers promised to eat any nettle which was longer than his. When something brushes against these hairs, their very fragile silica tips break off, and the remainder of the hair can then act like a needle. Be prepared before you harvest. It pierces the skin, and releases a cocktail of various chemicals from the base of the hair, and it’s … If this happens, stop feeding nettle. The Urtica Dioica, or more commonly known as the stinging nettle is a perennial flowering plant that grows like a weed across many areas of the world. In some instances where the allergy is severe, your veterinarian may recommend steroid injections to stop the allergic reaction, steroids can also be added to your horse’s feed if you do not want the injections. Fireweed (Urtica chamaedryoides), may not be a pasture weed that causes great economic losses from competition, but it can cause distress to people who come in contact with it in their pastures or around the farm. The complexities of the Stinging Nettle start with … (My wife, Rose, is a rider and she said, “Oh yeah, horses will get jumpy.”) Molly recommends long sleeves, pants and sturdy work gloves for harvest. Stinging nettles cannot swoop in on you and deliver a burning sting, as can yellow jackets. Whilst it’s true that most horses aren’t iron deficient this is more likely because they get iron from many other plant sources. They just like the wilted nettles and continue to follow me around waiting for them to lose a bit of their sting so they can eat them. Chiron Horse and Charlie aren’t bothered by any of that. Nettles for him offer a way to balance sugars in his blood as it helps to prevent ‘sugar spikes’ and so place pressure on the actions that insulin needs to take. Status. stinging nettles in two dogs Jordi Puig,1 aileen s Griffin,2 Patricia montoliu3 Veterinary Record Case Reports ... after having been working in a different field. Our last hay analysis saw it have a value of 185 mg/kg against a mean in the UK of some 300 mg/kg and what they considered as a ‘very high’ value of some 500 mg/kg so it’s actually not that bad. The nodules that occur are not pretty to look at and many horse owners are worried about the cosmetic look of their horse. Is there an animal which could be kept outside (in England), be easy to source and keep, will cohabit with sheep, and eat up the nettles? The people up the road make a tasty (they say) soup from them, apparently they are a tonic. Urtica dioica, often known as common nettle, stinging nettle (although not all plants of this species sting) or nettle leaf, or just a nettle or stinger, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae.Originally native to Europe, much of temperate Asia and western North Africa, it is now found worldwide, including New … Nettles vary in their stinging intensity and as you can see from the photos on this page of my horses wading through them and eating them, these must be quite mild. Pasture management should be practiced and any nettles plants should be removed to avoid any more reactions. This also helps the fat cells to shrink as well as provide energy through the winter months when energy from grasses may not then be needed so much and so winter laminitis episodes possibly avoided. Historically Nettles have been used to help support a healthy blood supply and circulation. Any livestock---including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs as well as horses---may be poisoned after eating large quantities of horse nettle. Please note: Nettles when sprayed with herbicides and at the wilting stage can cause serious laminitis in horses Other dock species not prescribed in the Weeds Act 1959: Wood dock (Rumex sanguineus) has elongated oval and pointed leaves. Getting their roots of the ground is the best way, you will find not as many grow next time and if you keep persevering less and less stinging nettles will come up, especialy if you plant somthing else in there place or grow grass over the patch. This article first appeared in The Barefoot Horse magazine (Issue #16). If you look closely, you can see the … Nettles and Wildlife. (I have a small field in which our pet sheep graze, but the sheep don't eat stinging nettles and the nettles keep muliplying!) No Chiron Horse, I can’t scratch your bum right now I need to get some more petrol !! From Wildlife Gardening Forum wlgf.org wlgf.org "It is important to recognise that the quantity of a certain plant species can be vital for the wildlife that uses it; just because a herbivore eats plant ‘x’, it doesn’t mean that one or two plants will suffice! It is often when the horses are hot. Just wondered if anybody had any probs with Horses/Ponies being allergic to Stinging Nettle Stings Friends Horse had an accident earlier this evening and in a bad way , seemed to have an allergic reaction or went into shock, vet said bp had dropped very low , gums had turned white and breathing diffucuties, The stalk and leaves of the weed are covered with tiny thorns, and each stalk produces a white-colored, star-shaped flower in the spring. Our range of s elective paddock and pasture animal friendly weed killers will control specific paddock and pasture weeds but will leave the grass unharmed. restoring and maintaining well being. I especially love to strim nettles. Your veterinarian will take a full medical history and ask you about your horse’s environment and diet. Kidney health is also encouraged by increasing fluid loss slightly which may include toxin removal from the body as it is a mild diuretic. Flowering nettles may also have a beneficial effect on the fat cells themselves in that they help the process of lipolysis (the production of energy from fats). The toothed leaves are borne oppositely along the stem, and both the stems and leaves are covered with numerous stinging and non-stinging … Nettles; great for horses and great for the human herd in a medicinal, nutritive, compostive (I just made that word up !) It is a winter annual that is a nuisance because it has tiny hairs that embed in our skin when we touch it; and causes irritation for hours. The owner reported the presence of nettles and confirmed its presence on previous fields. I think most people now realise that laminitis is not one condition, but many that can be seen in a sort of continuum of conditions that will eventually lead to full blown pedal bone rotation and that this all starts, as do other conditions, in the gut of the horse. Nettles also make a great fertiliser when added to Comfrey to make a liquid feed for soil or simply used on its own laid out on top of the soil/pasture – they are, after all, an indication of soil health when growing. nettles in landscapes seems to enhance the densit y of aphidophagous insect communities necessary for aphid bioc ontrol in field cro ps (Alhmedi et al., The other day I was swooshing the strimmer around under the track electric fence areas when I was joined, at a respectable distance, by Chiron Horse and Charlie. © 2020 Wag Labs, Inc. All rights reserved. More info on planty things next time – unless you fill up the pages with great features, info and photos instead. One of the great things, for me at least, of keeping my horse of an equine track is the chance to ‘play’ with machinery. ... My yearling colt came in from the field yesterday with urticaria. Stinging Nettles : Make A Natural Fertilizer for Tomatoes, Plants & Co Stinging nettle manure is highly regarded as a mild plant protector and biological fertilizer in an ecologically farmed hobby garden. Horse nettle, which also goes by the formal name of Solanum carolinense, is a perennial weed that grows in tall, vertical stalks that can reach up to 4 feet tall. A biochemistry panel may also be ordered. The condition resolves itself within just a few weeks after being removed from the environment or changing the diet. Stinging Nettle is a perennial plant the reproduces by seeds and rhizomes. But if you accidentally run through a patch of these plants with bare legs, it will feel a bit like a swarm of tiny yellow jackets just attacked your appendages. The stinging nettle (Urtica Urens) is part of a wider family termed Urticaceae, and includes the purple, yellow and white dead nettle which aren’t really nettles at all but enough of that, and it can be found in just about all of the UK and indeed it has relatives all over the world. In many instances, it will be difficult for your veterinarian to identify the exact allergen that is causing your horse’s allergic reaction without running a full allergy panel. Nowadays stinging nettle enjoys the reputation of being a wonderful healing herb used for humans and animals alike to support a variety of … Cattle tend to avoid it, but but it can be problematic for horses. When you notice that your horse is acting oddly and/or there are physical symptoms that need immediate attention by a veterinarian, you should remove your horse from their pasture and put them in a well bedded stall. The next issue of The Barefoot Horse magazine will be out in Jan 2018 and it should contain our article on hawthorn - providing it gets through the editorial process ! Evee (the Sect A - Emily !!) So it is that when Ted is able to have a feed on high sugary grasses (high being a relative term in his case and the grasses we have) the bacteria in the gut have a sort of party and produce a histamine reaction that eventually leads to inflammation in the body. I have heard of horses eating them after they have been cut down and wilted a bit but I have watched her on a few Both dogs developed first clinical signs on the same day and had been working in the same area where the presence of stinging nettles had been reported. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) may be considered a painful weed by most, but it is a complicated plant with many hidden virtues ranging from a valuable wildlife plant to making beer. The leaves and stems of stinging nettles are finely covered with thin bristles that lodge in the offended skin, leaving red patches that itch and burn — sometimes for up to … Stinging nettles may cause a rash and irritating like they do in humans, your other dogs may have thick coats or are used to the nettles so are not affected; you should keep Draco indoors for a few days and bathing him with a sensitive dog shampoo and monitor him to see if there is a reduction in irritation and scratching. Nettles, also called common nettle, stinging nettle, nettle leaf and urtica dioica, are a part of the Urticaceae family and are a herbaceous perennial, flowering plant. stinging nettles in two dogs Jordi Puig,1 aileen s Griffin,2 Patricia montoliu3 Veterinary Record Case Reports ... after having been working in a different field. I went past a field today, full of stinging nettles. Stinging nettles are covered with countless tiny hollow hairs called trichomes. When Stinging Nettle comes in contact with human skin, it typically turns into reddish patches on the skin that are quite itchy and can give a burning se… It can cause problems with livestock, too. they were stinging nettles, and hurt her so cruelly, that she wanted to run home again. ... My yearling colt came in from the field yesterday with urticaria. Be sure to follow all dosing instructions carefully on the medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Two gun dogs presented with a combination of neuromuscular and autonomic signs following suspected exposure to stinging nettles ( Urtica dioica ) in the UK. We recently went out to a horse showing severe signs of distress shortly after being turned out in the field. Its preference for damp, fertile and disturbed ground makes it a good coloniser of places enriched by human activities, such as agriculture and development. Stinging nettles are antioxidant, anti-ulcer, antimicrobial, astringent, and diuretic. The rhizome root system also creates large clumps of plants infesting areas that are typically uncultivated. We have a small patch of stinging nettles in one of our fields which are left to grow as they will. ... Horses can be allergic to nettles and can develop a rash. Many times nettles allergy will clear up by itself when there is a change in the environment and/or diet. An upright plant with dull green, serrated leaves, covered with stinging hairs. I have decided Lady is really strange. “I wonder if it’s my presence that re-assures them ?” I mused. and culinary way – no, we didn’t touch much on the latter did we but it is …. Due to its astringent properties, it is beneficial for hemorrhaging anywhere in the body. It swooshes through them and they fall like so many soldiers being mown down in an imaginary battle and the great thing is that this entertainment can go on just about all year as they seem to grow most months of the year now and in the UK up to a height of some 850m. As for our horses, if they won’t eat fresh nettles still growing in the field, as soon as they are cut they are swallowed down as quickly as a handful of carrots! I forgot my kids are four little Americans and at that time had little knowledge of Ireland’s stinging nettles. However, in late summer and autumn they are not … The weather was beautiful when we visited the ancient resting place of my ancestors in Myross, West Cork. Try wearing some tough gloves alow the nettle to grow a bit so there just a little bit surdey then pull them out of the ground. As a kid we used to bash them down with sticks in swishing motions but a petrol strimmer is so much better.
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