Debunking Oak Trees & Horses
We recently moved and have approximately 3 acres for our horses pasture. It consists mainly of oak trees - primarily white oak with a couple of red oak. We plan to cut down all of the smaller oak trees which will leave several larger oaks.
I've tried researching oak trees / leaves / acorns and their potential toxic nature to horses. My understanding is that they can be most deadly to cattle since they are not as particular when it comes to acorns.
With all that said, t seems the opinions vary greatly. Does anyone here have experience pasturing horses with oaks? And, what is recommended? Yes we can square off the trees so horses are not directly in contact, but ultimately, the oaks are large enough that they will drop leaves / acorns in the area.
Just looking for other individuals experiences. My plan would be to do a smaller dry-lot with minimal oak access when the trees drop the acorns... as that is my largest concern based on what I have read.
Thanks in advance,
ETA: Red oaks will not be part of the pasture whatsoever, but will be nearby.