Horse safe and horse proof landscaping
I want to add some landscaping around my barn and arena, but have run into some problems. Most of the plants I come up with are either on the poisonous list for horses or the horses gobble them up at the first opportunity. I am a lazy gardener, so I only want perennials.
I have done monkey grass around the back of the barn and a little mint. It works ok since most of the time if a horse is over there it is supervised. If you don't watch them they will eat the monkey grass and mint.
I think I am going to do blue rug juniper in the alley space between the arena and the pasture. It is non-toxic and I am hoping the spiny-ness of it will prevent them from eating it down. I have some day-lilies along some of the fence lines which they will not touch with a ten foot pole (they sniff it and walk away).
Now I am looking for something I can put on the north side of the barn. It is shaded the majority of the day, so the juniper and day-lilies are out. There are times when horses are out loose in that space, so the monkey grass is also out, too.
Any ideas? What do you have planted around your barn? Please post pics if you have them of your barn landscaping.