Additional Common Names: Field Horsetail, Common Horsetail, Western Horsetail
Scientific Name: Equisetum arvense
Toxicity: Toxic to Horses
Toxic Principles: Thiaminase
Clinical Signs: The plant is commonly ingested when horses have very little suitable vegetation to graze on; ingestions over several days or weeks may result in adverse clinical effects. The toxic component breaks down thiamine (an essential nutrient for central nervous system function and metabolism). Clinical signs include weight loss, central nervous system disorders, muscle weakness gradually progressing in severity, convulsions and death.
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.*
* A $65 consultation fee may apply.