The Danger of Mycotoxins
Here on the Gulf Coast we live with high humidity and the mold/fungi that come with that. Horse feed storage is on the top of our list when it comes to horse care concerns. Remember that feed that contains molasses can mold quickly – so feed oldest to newest always. This article lists a variety of mycotoxins, how to identify them and what damage they can do to your horse. ~ HfH
From: The Horse
By: Janice L. Holland, PhD, PAS
These harmful toxins produced by molds and fungi could be lurking in your horse’s feed and forage
Did you know there are toxic substances tucked away in your horse’s feed and forage? You can’t see them, and you can’t eradicate them, but chances are these compounds, called mycotoxins, are present.
Specific molds and fungi produce mycotoxins in soils, grains, and forages when environmental conditions are favorable. Once produced, they are generally very stable and will persist for a long time during storage.