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Kleingrass is poison to horses. Spread the word!!

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:06 am
by wbwiles
I've had a few friends just tell me about the death :shock: of their horses ( Weatherford Texas ) because the hay was contaminated with Kliengrass. It spreads into adjacent fields and ruins the hay for equine forage. Please tell your friends to stop planting this foreign African species.

Also the cattle pasture forum is ripe with people advocating planting this poison and evidently unaware how toxic is is and what a problem this is becoming for horse owners.

Seriously, these side affects are what happens when you introduce foreign plants.

Re: Kleingrass is poison to horses. Spread the word!!

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:13 am
by callmefence
wbwiles wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:06 am
I've had a few friends just tell me about the death :shock: of their horses ( Weatherford Texas ) because the hay was contaminated with Kliengrass. It spreads into adjacent fields and ruins the hay for equine forage. Please tell your friends to stop planting this foreign African species.

Also the cattle pasture forum is ripe with people advocating planting this poison and evidently unaware how toxic is is and what a problem this is becoming for horse owners.

Seriously, these side affects are what happens when you introduce foreign plants.
Like coastal Bermuda???
Klien grass was never toxic to horses before the internet. Don't believe everything you read.

Re: Kleingrass is poison to horses. Spread the word!!

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:54 pm
by bird dog
On the road to the salebarn there is a pasture with a excellent stand of Klein that I envy every time I drive past. It stays knee deep all summer long except when the farmer cuts & bales it up. There are four horses that spend their life in that field.

Maybe these horses just got use to it? Maybe the answer to the horse folks is to plant it when their horses are young and get them used to it. By the way, its an excellent drought hardy grass that reseeds itself and doesn't require many inputs.

Re: Kleingrass is poison to horses. Spread the word!!

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:28 pm
by greybeard
I've heard the 'Kliengrass is toxic' thing (bon jour) but my neighbor's 5 horses been on Klien hay for 5 years now.