Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
I would suggest to probably go to your local library and find a good book on horse/pasture care - as a lot of trees we have in northern Michigan are similar to those in Canada, I can say the two deadliest I have here, you probably have : RED MAPLE AND ALL CHERRY TREES!! That includes wild cherry, chokecherry, domestic, etc.. it's the leaves in these (red maple, cherry) that contain CYANIDE, which is very, very poisonous to horses. A friend of a friend had a healthy horse who died of a terrible death from accidently eating leaves from a cherry tree. I did a lot of reading on this when we brought my horse home, and confirmed that only 3 leaves eaten can cause death-so quickly, that often a vet can't even get there on time. Really scary, I know!! I had some wild cherry trees just outside of my mare's pasture, and believe me, I couldn't cut them down fast enough when I spotted leaves had blown into her pasture! I hope this helps!