It is summer here in Oregon and with that comes an invasion of what I believe to be the worst plant in existence. It is commonly called tarweed, I'm assuming due to the fact that it has a sticky residue that is tarlike that attaches to anything and everything.
|Casey's poor, sappy nose|
|My solution - ignore the tarweed and just groom elsewhere|
|Eden running among the tarweed|
Although I am really disliking tarweed right now, there are many benefits to it. It is a keystone species in California, it is a host plant for a type of moth, and it also hosts predatory insects. In addition, Livermore tarplant is a listed as a rare plant that is seriously endangered in California. The message that I take away from this is that even as annoying as a plant can be, it is important to remember that as a horse-person I enjoy riding so much because I love being out in nature, and part of nature is dealing with a tar-covered horse.