Whether updating a barn or creating a perfect horsey haven from the ground up, equine safety should get top billing. While care is taken in many barn-planning details, from aisle width to insulation to placement of paddocks, many times landscaping becomes an afterthought once the buildings are in place.
While all of the “avoid” plants should not be immediately accessible to curious equines, it may also be worthwhile to keep them off your property entirely, even where horses don’t normally roam. Horses have a way of finding their freedom on occasion, and the last thing you want is for an escapee to nibble on something he shouldn’t.
Plants to Avoid:
Plants Non-Toxic to Horses:
Maples (except red)
Hens and chicks
Listed here are just a few of the plants, trees and shrubs that are both hazardous and safe for your four-legged friends. For a more detailed list of what trees, plants and flowers are safe to be planted around horses, visit the ASPCA’s animal poison control center.
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