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Killyless Stores Ballymena have many customers who love horses. A study recently investigated Atypical Myopathy – which causes death in horses. The study was able to connect the disease, which causes massive muscle damage and kidney failure, to the seeds from the Sycamore tree. Animal may seem sick and colicky and are often sadly found dead.

Photo Credit: Moyan Breen; Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Moyan Breen; Creative Commons

The University of Leige carried out the study and found that most horse with atypical myopathy had been kept in pastures which had wood, bark and dead wood on the ground. Sycamore trees were identified in each instance and researchers believe that the horses must have ate the seeds due to a lack of food available.

Researchers recommend that horse owner ensure that their horses have plenty of food available meaning that they won;t be tempted to ingest the seeds instead. Click here to read more about Atypical Myopathy in horses and if you are a horse owner call in with us here at Killyless Stores Ballymena to take a look at our equestrian equipment and horse feeds.