- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Horses in north and central Florida are being sickened or dying after eating a toxic weed called creeping indigo.

Jason Ferrell, a weed and pasture specialist at the University of Florida, says the exact number of horses that have been affected is unknown.

Dana Fenn says her 21-year-old Paso Fino was sickened after eating the plant, and now she is saturating her pasture with herbicide to try and keep it at bay. Fenn’s horse survived after being kept from the pasture.

The Ocala Star-Banner (https://bit.ly/1NkGGGK ) reports that UF is hosting workshops to educate horse owners about how to keep the toxic weed in check.

Creeping indigo was introduced to Florida by UF as foliage in the 1920s to aid livestock but then found it was toxic and discontinued its use.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/


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