EQUUS Chart: A Guide to Common Poisonous Plants

Use this chart to help you look out for harmful shrubs and trees in your horses' surroundings. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.
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Use this chart to help you look out for harmful shrubs and trees in your horses' surroundings. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some grow in wooded areas, while others thrive on the arid range. Still others can grow anywhere--including your own backyard or pasture.

©Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore. All Rights Reserved.

©Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore. All Rights Reserved.

Fortunately, horses don't much like poisonous plants. Many of them taste awful, and even the more palatable varieties rank low on the equine menu. Given a productive pasture or a feeder full of quality forage, a horse will devour the good stuff and resist the temptation of trees, shrubs and weeds that will do him harm.

Yet poisonous plants can pose a threat to even the most fastidiously managed horse. With that in mind, EQUUS has compiled a list of some of the most common poisonous trees and shrubs.

EQUUS' Guide to Common Poisonous Shrubs & Trees

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(The chart is in PDF format which can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. If the program is not on your computer, please visit www.adobe.com to download your free copy. If you still have trouble opening the PDF file, email your name and fax number to equineeditor@equinetwork.com.)