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Red Maple Leaves: A Toxic Treat to Your Horse

Fall is here: pumpkins, corn stalks, apple cider, and beautiful fall colors.  But with the falling leaves, there is an increased harmful threat to your horse.  The NJDA’s Division of Animal Health would like to remind horse owners and barn managers to take increased precautions during this time of year.  Red maple trees are toxic to your horse and consuming parts of the tree can be potentially deadly.  Wilted and dried leaves are the most toxic causing a seasonal increase of incidence during the fall.  The mortality rate of naturally and experimentally affected horses is approximately 60%.   

Click here for more information on red maple toxicity in horses.

Red Mapel Leaf: Photo