Welcome to another chapter of 'Keeping our horses safe, sound, and... not snacking on harmful trees'! Here at Just Horse Riders, besides equipping riders with snazzy gear, we also strive to educate on matters of equine health and safety.

So, if you ever wondered if that innocent-looking tree your horse has been eyeing might be a gourmet meal or a death trap, you're in the right place. Let's embark on this leafy journey!

Yew Better Watch Out for Yew Trees!

Yew trees might look all innocent, but they are the shady characters of the tree world. Highly toxic to horses, yew trees contain the toxin Taxine. And it doesn't take a lot to spell trouble – just 0.5kg of yew leaves or berries can be fatal to a horse [source]. Symptoms? Think muscular trembling, uncoordinated movements, and sounds that remind you of your last attempt at singing after a pint too many. So, if yew don't want trouble, keep your horses clear of these trees!

For Oak's Sake!

While oak trees majestically stand and even inspire poets, they aren't quite the best companions for our equine buddies. Especially the acorns! It's not just squirrels that go nuts for them; horses do too. But consuming them in large quantities can make your horse wish they stuck to a Gut Balancer supplement. Talking of which...

Science Supplements Gut Balancer

If you've been worried about your horse's gut health after that acorn fest, Science Supplements Gut Balancer is a go-to. It’s packed with protected live yeast to beneficially influence the hindgut function. Because even horses need some gut love!

Laburnum? More Like Lethal-um!

Okay, we tried to make a pun there, but on a serious note, Laburnum trees and horses don't mix. While the specifics can be a tad elusive [source], the general rule of thumb is: steer clear! Think of it as the broccoli of the tree world for horses. Except, eating this doesn't just lead to a frown but potentially serious health issues!

Acer Alert!

When autumn hits, and the Sycamore and Maple trees shed their seeds, you'd think it’s a fiesta time for horses. But, consuming these seeds is a straight-up party foul [source]. The acids inside? Not the fun kind! They can wreak havoc on your horse's insides.

If you're noticing a pattern here, you're not wrong. Many trees, with their alluring beauty, pose

Cherry Bomb - But Not The Fun Kind

If you thought cherries were just a harmless delight, think again! While they're a favourite atop our sundaes, wild cherry trees have leaves and twigs that release cyanide when ingested. This can lead to difficulty in breathing, anxiety, and in worst cases, death. And let's be honest, the only 'wild' thing we want around our horses is their spirit on a sunny day. So, it's best to cherry-pick your grazing spots carefully [source].

Privet? More Like 'Prr... Stay Away!'

Privet hedges are popular for landscaping and creating those perfectly manicured garden borders. But for horses? They spell trouble. While they might seem tempting to nibble on during an adventurous graze, they can cause digestive issues and even heart problems in horses [source].

Spurge-La-La... But No!

With a name like 'spurge', you might think it's some kind of a fancy dance. Well, it's not, and it's also not on the friendly list for horses. These seemingly harmless plants can cause irritation and blistering in the mouth and digestive tract of horses. So, as tempting as it may sound, it's not a dance you want your horse to engage in.

Maintaining A Balanced Diet

With so many potential hazards out there, ensuring that our horses maintain a balanced diet becomes paramount. One way to provide that balance is to introduce reliable supplements like the DODSON & HORRELL YEA SACC.


Designed for the nutritional maintenance of your horse's hindgut, this product helps support a stable environment and improves fibre digestion. Because let's face it, while we can't monitor our horses 24/7, we can ensure they get the right nutrients to keep them galloping happily.

Little Things That Make a Big Difference

For those moments when you just want to reward your horse (or bribe them a little), a treat might be in order. But, instead of letting them munch on questionable plants, how about giving them a NAF APPY TREAT? These delicious apple flavoured treats are horse-approved and a much safer bet!


And hey, while we're on the topic of treats, who said they're just for horses? Perhaps it's time to treat yourself to a fancy pair from the Jodhpur Collection. You know, just to balance things out!

The Walnut Waltz

Let's talk about Black Walnuts for a moment. It might sound like a dance, and honestly, I wish it were. But it's a tree whose wood shavings can be highly toxic to horses. These shavings can cause laminitis—a painful condition that affects a horse's feet. So, before your horse does the "laminitis limbo", steer clear of those walnut woods [source].

Treats and Tricks

As horse lovers, we know the joy of giving our four-legged friends a treat. But what about those hand-made treats fortified with extra protein and flax seeds? Introducing LIKIT STUD MUFFINS. They're not just a treat, they're a token of love!


With so much to look out for, it's essential to have the right gear. Whether it's horse-riding boots from the Horse Riding Boot Collection, or gloves from the Horse Riding Gloves Collection, you need to be ready for whatever the wilderness throws at you and your trusty steed.

Wrapping Up The Gallop

In conclusion, nature is beautiful, but it's not always your horse's best friend. Be vigilant, stay informed, and make use of trusted products and supplements to ensure their safety. Like the SCIENCE SUPPLEMENTS GUT BALANCER—it's like sending your horse's gut to a five-star spa retreat!


At the end of the day, your horse's health and safety lie in your hands. Stay safe, keep trotting, and never forget to sprinkle in a little humour in your day—because every horse's journey, no matter the hurdles, should have a few laughs along the way.

Asked By You: The Leafy Dilemmas!

What trees should horses not eat from?

Well, wouldn't it be delightful if horses just munched on ice-cream cones? Sadly, they prefer a bit of green, but some trees? No bueno! Trees like the Black Walnut, Red Maple, and Oak are big no-nos. It's like their version of us being told to avoid that tempting but oh-so-unhealthy fast food!

What are the two most serious poisonous plants for horses?

Hold onto your riding hats because it's a wild, botanical ride out there! The two top culprits causing havoc in the horse world? Ragwort and Foxglove. Both may sound pretty, but these plants have a sinister side. They're like the horse version of fairy-tale villains in disguise!

Are there certain trees horses can't be around?

Indeed, it's not just about what horses eat; sometimes it's about where they're chilling. The Black Walnut tree, for instance, even if not consumed, its wood shavings can be harmful. So, if you spot Mr. Horse planning a picnic near one, it might be time for an intervention.

What are the symptoms of a yew tree in horses?

Yew trees and horses? A classic "it's complicated" relationship. While these trees may look benign, they're anything but. Symptoms of yew poisoning in horses include trembling, difficulty breathing, and, in severe cases, sudden death. It's like the tree's idea of a very mean prank on our equine friends. So, keep those lovely horses yew-free!