New York Horse Deaths Blamed on Tainted Feed

The operators of TMC Performance Horses blame feed allegedly contaminated with monensin for the six horses’ deaths.
Share
Favorite
Please login

No account yet? Register

ADVERTISEMENT

The operators of a New York boarding barn are blaming horse feed allegedly contaminated with monensin for the deaths of six horses there.

Monensin is an ionophore antibiotic sometimes included in ruminant, swine, and poultry feed, but which is toxic to horses. Clinical signs of ionophore poisoning in horses include poor appetite, diarrhea, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, exercise intolerance, depression, wobbly gait, colic, sweating, recumbency, and sudden death. Horses that survive can have long-term heart issues, resulting in diminished performance potential.

Andrew Yaffa, attorney for TMC Performance Horses, in Cuba, said 31 horses were boarded at the facility in 2016 when six animals allegedly began to display clinical signs consistent with ionophore poisoning shortly after ingesting feed manufactured by the North Java, New York-based company Reisdorf Brothers Inc. Three of the six horses died and three were euthanized due to their condition, Yaffa said.

“Veterinary records certify that the deaths were due to ionophore toxicity,” Yaffa said. “Also, the feed tested positive for ionophores by the state of New York

Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.

TheHorse.com is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into TheHorse.com.

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.

Share

Written by:

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

What signs does your horse show when he has gastric ulcers? Please check all that apply.
70 votes · 181 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with TheHorse.com!