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  1. #1
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    Default Beware the Tent Caterpillar with your pregnant mares!!!

    http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=17965

    Will definitely cause your mare to abort.
    Torching them out of trees works best.
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    Ugh, caused my mare to abort last year. Such a pain.



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    Wow, who knew? Tent caterpillars are very common up in Canada, although, we have the Forest tent caterpillar, which I found out online is not related to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome....another good reason to live in the cold a few months of the year It kills everything!!

    The tent caterpillars all seem to go in a 7 year cycle. I remember them being so bad up here in the early 80's, our trees were completely covered and you couldn't even see the tree, just black caterpillars. Yech!
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    Thanks!! We have cherries between two pastures, and I've definitely seen these things in there last year. You can bet Blaze won't be going near that field this year! With only one foal coming, I sure can't risk the loss.
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    I understood that in Kentucky in 2001-02 during the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome outbreak when a good many foals were also lost due to cyanide poisoning, that the wild cherry leaves grew, then a hard, hard freeze killed the new leaves which produced cyanide in the leaves which were then eaten by the caterpillars which crawled from the trees across the pastures and were consumed by both broodmares and foals. It seemed to be the late hard freeze of wild cherry leaves at a time of expanded tent caterpillar production that led to the abortions and foal deaths.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dianehalpin View Post
    I understood that in Kentucky in 2001-02 during the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome outbreak when a good many foals were also lost due to cyanide poisoning, that the wild cherry leaves grew, then a hard, hard freeze killed the new leaves which produced cyanide in the leaves which were then eaten by the caterpillars which crawled from the trees across the pastures and were consumed by both broodmares and foals. It seemed to be the late hard freeze of wild cherry leaves at a time of expanded tent caterpillar production that led to the abortions and foal deaths.
    I read about that and couldn't help but think what a specific chain of events it had to be. Still, not taking any chances. We got rid of the wild cherry trees on our property and keep watch for any pitched tents.



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