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Old 11-09-2008, 08:10 AM  
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WARNING-NOT monensin-NOT Mineral block!

A friend to another lists member had a Gypsy Horse mare and family pony die suddenly yesterday. She bought feed and a Equimin Mineral Block at Southern States in Hendersonville, NC.

The autopsy shows Monesin poisoning and tests are being done to check if it was the feed or the mineral block.

I will update with name of feed as soon as I know!! Please be careful until we know what really happened. THANKS!!

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:17 AM  
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How horrible, please let us know what they find!!
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Definatly please update as soon as you can. Please extend my deepest sympothy to this family in the loss of their equine companions.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:21 AM  
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I will!!!!

The owner is just devastated beyond anything. This was her heart horse and she was in foal too and her daughter lost her pony! It is just so sad!

As soon as I know anything at all, I will post back here!
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Without knowing the results of this specific incident, it might be beneficial to readers of this thread to note that you should never buy a mineral block for a horse that is marked for beef\cattle. Monensin is used in the beef industry to improve growth rates, and may sometimes be included in mineral blocks. But it's poisonous to horses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monensin
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Without knowing the results of this specific incident, it might be beneficial to readers of this thread to note that you should never buy a mineral block for a horse that is marked for beef\cattle. Monensin is used in the beef industry to improve growth rates, and may sometimes be included in mineral blocks. But it's poisonous to horses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monensin

Oh my, did she accidently get the wrong mineral block ??

I am so sorry to hear about this.

Pls give your friend my condolences.
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Thanks Lady MCSE!! Make sure you always buy for horses!!

This was for sure a mineral block for horses--that is why I have put the warning out. If the block had monensin added by accident, there may be more out there! The feed could also be the problem, but other horses ate the same feed and tested normal. So they believe the block is the culprit as it is just out in the pasture with random horses licking it.

This all happened VERY quickly. Thursday the block was put out
Thursday night 3 horses sick, Friday 2 horses dead and one gravely ill.
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I am so sorry that happened to you and your horses!! (((HUGS)))
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Please pass along my condolences as well Prancingpony...how sad and aweful.

Please keep us posted on the necropsy reports...
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I'm so so sorry to hear that story, it brings back the horror of last yearwhen I lost a mare and a yearling to Monensin as well. Two things to look out for Monensin and Narasin, in our case the deaths were caused by poultry feed, less than a pound in a bag killed two horses.

In the research I did I found that many horses have died by eating horse feed that has been produced on the same production line as cattle feed. This stuff is evil, read about it folks it's scary.

Not to take over the thread but here is my story

http://forum.horsetopia.com/meet-hor...t-warning.html
I was a new chicken owner with one pet horse. I remember reading about the sad and tragic loss of your horses due to the medicated chick food.

I came so close to letting my horse have a taste of the chickens food untill I read your story. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting people know. You saved my horses life!

From what I have read about the monistan (sp) it is now approved for dairy and feeder cattle, plus as we know chickens.

As costs for horse feeds go up, uninformed horse owners may get the idea to use other cheaper livestock feeds to lower costs. The potential for domestic crime/ignorance by poison is also very high.

I believe any feed or food sourse that is deadly to some species should be colored differently.

Time to make these feeds and aditives lime green or something.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:56 AM  
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Yes, please let us know. I feed Equimin loose minerals. No more until I hear the results.
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Better labeling would help, at the moment there usually is a small warning on feeds, caution should not be fed to horses. I'd like to see that being a mandatory size and have a skull and cross bones on it saying CAUTION, CAN BE FATAL TO HORSES IN SMALL AMOUNTS.
It would also be great advertising for any manufacturer who does not produce any other feeds to promote that on their bags, same as food manufacturers who now guarantee nut free products
Equimin is manufactured for horses. If it was the minerals it was a production screw up. Scary
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Please send my deepest condolenses to the owner.
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Please keep us updated i would love to know if its just that company or if its all over. thanks
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How sad-she has my deepest condolences.
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How scary! I didn't even know to watch out for this, but now I know.

Condolences to your friend.
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Definately let us know! I'm so sorry she lost her horses! Scary!
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In the research I did I found that many horses have died by eating horse feed that has been produced on the same production line as cattle feed. This stuff is evil, read about it folks it's scary.
This is precisely why I buy feed made by a manufacturer that makes ONLY horse feed and nothing else, and why I put out salt blocks only -- no potential for accidents.

PPony, this is so sad. Yes, please keep us updated.
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OK, I remember now look out for RUMENSIN as well, same family.

This stuff is added to poultry feed to control/prevent lung disease in high density houses, as well as a growth additive for cattle.
My husband works at Lily and was sent in a builing with this stuff wihotu proper resp and became very sick within days of being it there with just the DUST ... when we researched it we found out that just the dust particles on his clothes could/would make our horses sick ... thankfully it was a nasty job so he was showering as soon as he got home


alot of times this stuff happens when a vat is not properly cleansed after use and the first blocks/bags out will be contaminated... scarey thought when SS is one of the higher ranked feed companies
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Yes it is scarey and like I have said before in these sad topics-it can happen to ANY producer.
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