Poisonous Plants to Avoid on Horse Farms

     When I built my North Carolina horse farm, I started with a field full of small pine trees, which was surrounded by a naturally occurring wind break.  There was an incredible variety of trees and bushes around the edge.  As I was considering what to thin out and what to leave hanging over the fence for shade, I found some poisonous plants I needed to remove if I wanted to be sure my horses stayed healthy.  Here is a list for your reference:

Black Walnut      Wild Cherry      Domestic Cherry     Black Locust      Yew      Red Maple      Peach      Plum      Oak (Acorns are the problem)      Horse Chestnut      Oleander       Mountain Laurel     Rhododendron       Azalea

     If you know of others plants that should be added to the list, please let me know by contacting me at annecain@kw.com, or leave a comment on this blog.  Thanks!

   By the way, I love some of the plants on this list, and I do have them around my home, but I have a secure fence and some distance between my horses and these plants.


About A Cain

I am originally from New York State and moved to Pennsylvania for college and graduate school. My husband and I later lived in California and West Virginia, and then we were transferred to North Carolina. I learned to ride as an adult, in North Carolina. I have two horses now: one wild-and-wooly teenager who is learning from me, and one former race horse that has turned into a school master for me. They are both pretty sensible and great on trails, so we go everywhere. They live with me on my own North Carolina mini farm. I love to sit on my deck in the evening and watch them graze.
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