Equine Advice: Plants that are Toxic to Horses


Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about plants that are toxic to horses.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning. 

Some plants that horses must not eat are:

Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinium)

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

Fiddleneck (Ansinckia intermedia)

Prince’s Plume (Stanleya spp.)

Horsetail (Equisetum spp.)

Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata)

Jimsonweed (Datura spp.)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Locoweed (Astragalus spp.)

Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Rattleweed (Crotalaria spectabilis)

Wild Cherry (Prunus spp.)

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Woody Aster (Xylorrheza spp.)

Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis)

Wild Onion (Allium validum)

These are only a few plants; many more exist.





3 comments on “Equine Advice: Plants that are Toxic to Horses

  1. fagyubee says:

    Reblogged this on fagyubee.

  2. Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Rancho Comancho and commented:
    This is useful and interesting: maybe somebody else could try to finish the list… Questo post è utile e interessante: contine una prima lista di erbe dannose per i cavalli. E’ in inglese, ma ci sono i nomi latini e quindi è facile ricollegarli alla realtà italiana. Se qualcuno conosce di altre piante dannose per i cavalli, per favore, invii un commento con i nomi: stiamo pensando a una piccolissima pubblicazione utile per tutti. Grazie

  3. This list is not complete because plants that are poisonous to horses are almost too numerous to list. Some other plants include Avocado and Foxglove.

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