Landscaping compatible with horses - Knowledgebase Question

Williston, FL
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Question by krismar5
January 18, 1998
I have horses on 5 acres. 1.5 acres are fenced for around the residence. I would like to design a landscape with plants and trees that are not poisonous or harmful to the horses as there is a fair amount of grazing pasture around the house. In addition, I would like to line our driveway (400 ft) with trees that are accessible to the horses over the fence. What do you suggest?

Answer from NGA
January 18, 1998
Some plants that will poison farm animals are:
Tung oil tree, Prickly poppy, Boxwood, Showy crotalaria,
Jimsonweed, Purple rattlebox, Carolina jasmine, Bagpod,
Coffeebean, Bitterweed, Common lantana, Chinaberry, Common
oleander, Pokeweed, Eastern bracken, Oaks, Castor-bean,
Elderberry, Graceful nightshade, Carolina laurel-cherry, Johnsongrass, Oriental cocklebur, and Atamasco-lily (Rain lily).

As for which trees would be fine or even healthy for them to nibble, I suggest that you contact the livestock specialist at your county extension office for details (ph# 352/486-5131). I know that sheep and cows enjoy the nutritious pods of honey locust (Gleditsia tricanthos), which is also a beautiful landscape tree. There must be a comparable tree or two for your area.

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