Horse’s Mouth Destroyed by Foxtail

Horses's mouth after eating foxtail.
Horses's mouth after eating foxtail.

[Warning: graphic photos below.]

Virginia – ProFloats Equine Dentistry posted photos to their Facebook wall of a clients horse that was suffering from extreme damage to its mouth.  The horse had eaten hay with foxtail seed heads in it.  “These small heads are inflicting horrible damage (often goes unnoticed by owners) to the Lips, tongue, gums and all soft tissue within the mouth,” they wrote on the post.  With veterinarian care and removal of the foxtail, the horse should have a full recovery.

Foxtail is a nuisance weed that is dangerous to horses and other animals.  “Microscopic barbs on the seed heads of stems of foxtail can cause physical trauma to the mouth leading to mouth blisters, irritation to the gastrointestinal tract, and occasionally the horse’s skin,” Jennie Ivey, University of Tennessee Extension Equine Specialist, wrote in a statement.

Horse owners are encouraged to inspect their hay, and if any foxtail is found, discard that hay immediately.

Horses's mouth after eating foxtail.
Horses’s mouth after eating foxtail.

 

Horses's mouth after eating foxtail.
Horses’s mouth after eating foxtail.

 

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Foxtail

 

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