♥ WE’RE COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS IN NOVEMBER ♥
THIS MONTH’S BLOG WAS WRITTEN BY,
SALES ASSOCIATE CHRIS HANNING
THE OCTOBER BLOG WAS WRITTEN BY, SALES ASSOCIATE RAVEN WILLIAMS WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF WILLIAMS FAMILY SHOWPIGS.
THE BEAUTIFUL LEAVES OF AUTUMN ARE FALLING, BUT THERE ARE A FEW SITUATIONS WHERE HORSES AND TREES DEFINITELY DON’T MIX. MAKE SURE YOUR HORSE PASTURES DON’T HAVE THESE TOXIC TREES. PROTECT YOUR HORSE BY LEARNING ABOUT THE TREES AND LEAVES THAT POSE THE BIGGEST HEALTH RISK.
By Dr. Tania Cubitt
Fall is here! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are cooling off. It’s hard to imagine that such a pretty time of year could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, fall leaves can pose a potentially deadly threat. The following are trees that are highly toxic to horses.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Poisonings occur generally in late summer and
Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) Black walnut can be introduced to horses through trees that grow around the pasture and land or, more commonly, as shavings used in stall bedding. Shavings with less than 20 percent black walnut content are toxic within 24 hours of
Oak (Quercus species) Oak trees in horse pastures should not be cut down, but branches should be kept out of reach of horses. Horses should be fenced out of areas where wilted oak leaves and/or acorns are plentiful. In large amounts, the leaves and acorns are poisonous to horses due to the toxin tannic acid and they cause kidney damage and gastroenteritis. Horse owners are encouraged to fence off oak trees from their pasture, especially if forage is scarce. Symptoms of poisoning include lack of appetite, depression, constipation, diarrhea (which may contain blood), blood in urine, and colic.
Cherry and Plum Trees (Prunus species) Cherry and plum trees and their relatives (peaches, nectarines,
Do not dispose of your raked leaves into your pasture. Horses like the taste and smell of recently fallen leaves. Leaves are dense and can compact in the horse’s digestive system and cause compaction colic. Leaves may also come from plant species that are poisonous to the horse. Be aware of leaves and trees that are toxic to your horse and fence off wooded areas or fence rows that contain possible toxic substances. If branches fall into the pasture make sure they are removed immediately.
This article was originally published in the September 2014 issue of Canadian Horse Journal.
HAVE YOUR TIRES HAD ONE TOO MANY BIRTHDAYS?
♦Did you know tires have a date on them? In other words, a birth date. When doing a safety
check before you hit the road…START AT THE BOTTOM. Has your trailer been sitting for
an extended period of time not being used? If so, this information is especially important!
♦Tires have identification markings located on them that will tell you when a tire was manufactured.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) along with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
require that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by ten, eleven
or twelve letters and/or numbers that recognize the manufacturing location, tire size, a code that is
unique to the manufacturer, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured.
♦In the example below, you see the “DOT PPTD GTS” Identification Numbers of this tire and next to
those numbers you see “2416” which tells you that this tire was manufactured on the 24th week of
2016. Tires manufactured or “born” after 2000 will have a sequence of numbers on the tire that classify
the week and year.
♦The entire Tire Identification Number is required to be branded on one sidewall of every tire and
current DOT regulations require the first digits of the Tire Identification Number be branded onto the
opposite sidewall as well. Therefore, you may have to look at the tire’s other sidewall to find the entire
Tire Identification Number including the manufactured date of the tire.
on all of your tires. If you need further inspection or are unsure of the wear of your tires, our team is
happy to help! We offer FREE tire inspections and can order any tires you need at a competitive price!
My name is Matt Hoisington, and I’m the Parts/Service Manager at Lance’s Trailer Sales. If you have any
questions or thoughts, please let me know! Stop in and see me, call, or email. Matt@lancestrailersales.com.