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BHS Warns Of Dangers Of Grass Cuttings

With the spring grass beginning to grow gardeners are once again mowing their lawns.

The British Horse Society is appealing to gardeners not to dispose of cuttings where equines can eat them. A pile of grass clippings is very attractive to horses, ponies and donkeys but once eaten can prove fatal. Eating grass clippings can cause colic, and if the grass begins to ferment it can cause a lethal build up of gasses within the gut. This causes the animal severe pain and damage to the digestive system, resulting in a horrible death.

The indiscriminate disposal of lawn mowings has already cost the lives of three equines in the South East.

All garden waste should be disposed of in a responsible manner, and not dumped where grazing animals may find it.




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Updated: October 2005.