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Horses are the BEST PETS and here are some reasons why!

Toxic Plants can KILL your horse! Click HERE for a list of plants!

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Horses are the BEST pets because

Horses don't chase cars or howl at the moon.

They're not underfoot at the sound of a can opener.

Horses don't hang on the screen door.

Passing joggers and mailmen are generally safe from harm.

When a mare is in season, you hardly ever find six stallions serenading her in your back yard.

Horses don't throw up.

They usually don't perch on top of the T.V. with their tails hanging down in front of the screen.

Horses don't wake you first thing in the morning by doing a tap dance on your chest.

They're not so finicky that you end up with ten opened cans of tuna, beef, and chicken-bits in your refrigerator.

Rodent-Breath is not a problem with horses (the odor problem we do have with horses is another matter!).

Horses don't unroll yards and yards of bathroom tissue just for the fun of it.

They don't scratch people or sharpen their "nails" on the furniture.

Births are usually planned for. Multiple births are usually not a problem.

Horse babies are rarely a surprise found under your bed.

Horses hardly ever need to be rescued from telephone poles or tall trees.

Horses don't deposit surprise "gifts" at your front door, like dead things or litters or babies. Never mind what they do deposit!

The smells of stale fish and liver-treats are far less appealing than the fragrant scent of fresh hay.

"Cat-Naps" and "Dog-Days" aren't nearly as much fun as "Horsin' Around" !!

Thanks to Paula Guhin for this list!

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DANGER! Toxic Plants!

All too often we hear of our beloved horses falling ill, and sometimes even dying, after eating poisonous plants. This section is a list of some common plants in North America, and has links to sites that deal specifically with toxic plants.

This section will be under regular construction as I add more information to it. If you know of toxic plants that should be added to this listing, PLEASE Email me the information! This list is by no means a complete listing of toxic plants, and should not be used as such. If you have any doubts about the plants in your area, call your local horticultural society, and/or the Gov't Department of Agriculture Office in your area.

In Calgary Alberta, the city Horticultural office is at: (403) 221-4540

The Gov't of Alberta Agricultural Disctrict Office is at: (403) 948-8503

The Gov't of Alberta Horse Industry Branch is at: (403) 948-8532

The Gov't of CANADA Agricultural district office for Calgary is at: (403) 299-7660

The Canadian Gov't Agriculture Animal Health Program is at: (403) 292-4328

The Canadian Gov't Agriculture Plant Health Program is at: (403) 292-6948

The Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System This is an absolutely invaluable reference! The powerful search engine/data base lists hundreds of known toxic plants - not only for horses, but for other animals and humans as well! It can be custom tailored to search for whatever plant information you need! Primarily for Canada, this system would also benefit those in the northern parts of the United States of America. is primarily a search engine/data base for plants in general, not just toxic plants. However, this extremely valuable resource does have information regarding the toxicity of plants, shows what areas they grow in, and also has full colour pictures of most of them! Unlike the Canadian system mentioned above, this database covers all of North America. The colour-coded climate map is extremely useful for helping to determine if a certain plant poses a threat to your horses.

Common Toxic Plants

Cherry Trees, while bearing delicious fruit and excellent wood, are also dangerous for horses. The leaves contain Cyanide, and even when dry pose a considerable threat to your horse's health.

Oleander is a deadly, but beautiful plant that grows in the warm areas of the southern United States. Fortunately, it doesn't grow in the northern areas, unless grown indoors. Often selected for its beautiful flowers and foliage, this plant is a killer! Every part of it is highly toxic, even when dried! Note not to confuse this plant with the Oleacee (Common Lilac) which is harmless, and only grows in the northern climates.

Poison Oak also known as Poison Ivy, is common throughout North America. As its name suggests, this plant is quite toxic, causing burning rashes if it is touched, let alone eaten.

Walnut is another tree that is known to be very dangerous for horses. Do not allow your horses to eat any part of the tree or the nuts, and always be sure that any wood chips you may use for bedding do NOT contain walnut.

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