|Burmuda grass is a good grass for miniature horses to graze on, but a poisonous fungus can
make it poisonous. In wet climates burmuda grass can grow ergot, a harmful fungus that
has the appearance of small black or brown nodules on the grass leaves or seed heads.
If a miniature horse ingests ergot, symptoms such as tremors, unusual head movements,
tongue rolling, lack of coordination, and paralysis can occur in severe cases. The condition
is called "Burmuda grass shakes" if ergot is on the grass leaves and "Dallis Grass
Tremors" if it is on the grass seed heads. If horses are removed from the ergot tainted
burmuda grass it will recover overnight. Mares may abort.
|Keeping Your Miniature Horse Healthy
|Bermuda Grass Seeds
Tainted by Fungus
|Sorghum and Sudan Grass
These grasses can be good feed for miniature horses, however, if they are not properly
grown, harvested and cured, cyanide is produced in the leaves and cause cyanide poisoning
in the horse.
Pasturing on Sorghum or Sudan Grass
A hard frost or if the grass is trampled while growing, prussic acid will build up in the
newly growing leaves and horses ingesting it in the pasture will be poisoned.
|Some Grasses Can
Be Poisonous To