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  1. #1
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    Default Poison Ivy?

    I was told this morning to be careful, that an area I had rode through had poison ivy in it. I'm fortunate enough to be immune to poison ivy, so I never really paid much attention to identifying it. But now I'm a bit concerned. Are horses affected by it? And if so, what sort of signs should I look and treat for? Calamine lotion?



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    "Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats are rarely (if ever) affected, and I am not familiar with any reports in the literature of poison ivy affecting horses. A large number of birds and wildlife feed on poison ivy, and horses and livestock graze on it without problem." -Quote from a veterinarian on the Horse.com



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    Horses aren't affected, but you may be if you get the oil from the plants off the horse and onto your skin.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghazzu View Post
    Horses aren't affected, but you may be if you get the oil from the plants off the horse and onto your skin.
    My husband's horse regularly eats PI on the trail and then gives my husband kisses when they get back to the barn.....
    "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

    "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x



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    Thanks. It's always nice to have one less thing to worry about.



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    I got the worst case of poison ivy ever from my horse.He had eaten a bunch,then nuzzled me.



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    I used to think I was immune to it, too. However, I have had some really nasty cases in the last few years. I think it may depend on whether the plant is crushed or broken, thereby releasing more oils??? I think I got careless about contact because I had never had it before. Yuck.

    Liz



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