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As a horse owner, I’ve always known to keep an eye out for potentially poisonous plants to horses because their GI system is incredibly sensitive. It’s also precisely why I nearly had a panic attack when Elvis recently snuck through an open gate and ate my 3’ by 3’ provencal lavender plant to the nub.
As I frantically googled results for “is lavender poisonous to horses,” I realized it would probably save some panic in the future to keep a list of plants that are poisonous to horses on hand. So, this is the list I’ve been compiling, and I thought I would share it with you!
As we’re building Fairway Stables, I’m also planning out the gardening and landscaping. While I definitely don’t plan on my horses being anywhere near my landscaping or garden, Elvis is proof that accidents do happen, and gates do get left open. That’s why it’s so important to know which plants are unsafe to have anywhere on your horse farm.
Note: Please remember that I, of course, am not a vet. If you have any questions about this list, please contact your own veterinarian. This article is in no way intended to be a substitute for medical or veterinarian advice and is provided for educational purposes only.
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Some trees on this list can cause illness if ingested; however, others are so dangerous that they have been known to cause death in horses.
Knowing the plants that are toxic to horses is the most critical step in maintaining a horse farm. After all, trees are easy to spot and identify, but just about anything could be growing in your horse pastures.
The bad news: many potentially poisonous plants appear as weeds in horse pastures.
The good news: horses find most plants that cause illness unpalatable, and horses will typically avoid bitter plants. The other good news is that because horses are such large animals, they generally have to consume large amounts of the toxic plant to cause serious effects. (Of course, ponies are affected more quickly.)
One note about preparing your horse farm: it’s always wise to ask your vet for his or her opinion if you’re unsure about any plant. Another smart idea? Take samples to a local agricultural department. For example, aside from having my vet inspect the property with me, I also took samples to our local Oklahoma State University, which has a fantastic agriculture department.
Note: a complete list of poisonous plants for horses, compiled by the ASPCA, can be found here.
I encourage you to keep this list on hand so you don’t find yourself in the same position I did when Elvis discovered my lavender plants. While, of course, he was never meant to wander into the garden, accidents do happen.
In short, the best way to avoid accidents like that from becoming serious is to be aware of what trees and plants are poisonous to your horse and keep them as far away as possible!
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