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April 29, 2019

Free seminar will cover plants toxic to horses

The free workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the extension office in Warrenton. I Photo by Maryanne Sparks
Growing a local pasture, buttercups can be toxic to horses. I Photo by Anne Clayton
A free workshop, “Protect your Horses from Toxic Plants,” will take place Tuesday, May 14, in Warrenton.

Tim Mize, the local extension agent for agriculture, natural resources and animal science, will discuss plants that could cause concern to horse owners during his presentation, starting at 6 p.m. in the extension office at 24 Pelham St.

Local Master Gardeners will co-sponsor the program.

“Take a stroll through your pasture, and there is a good chance that you will see at least a few plants that are toxic to horses,” Mr. Mize said. “Of course, that is if you know what you are looking for.”

He will help workshop participants learn what vines, trees, weeds and wildflowers are toxic at a nibble or from repeated browsing over time. The presentation will include methods for safely eradicating those plants.

The “Protect Your Horses from Toxic Plants” presentation is part of the Master Gardeners of Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties’ Twilight Tuesdays program, a series of horticultural classes held from spring to fall each year.

The program is free and open to the public, rain or shine. It will last 60 to 90 minutes. The organizers recommend registering in advance and arriving early. To register or for additional information, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, Ext. 1, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A livestock specialist, Mr. Mize earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Virginia Tech.

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