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Thread #172199   Message #4167715
Posted By: Newport Boy
16-Mar-23 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Violin Farm (Richard Stilgoe)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Violin Farm (Richard Stilgoe)
Nice - my violinist friend enjoyed it.

What Richard Stilgoe probably didn't know when he wrote it was that the combination of sycamore trees and horses is unlikely. According to Blue Cross:

"Atypical myopathy (in horses) is a highly fatal muscle disease, thought to be caused by caused by the ingestion of hypoglycin A, a toxin contained in seeds from the sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus)." In America, the Box Elder also causes the same.