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BRIEF: Are cherry trees poisonous to ponies?


QUESTION:
I am inquiring about cherry trees. I am moving my pony to a new farm that recently was brush hogged (1 mo. ago). The field contained alot of young cherry trees. They were all removed. Now the roots are sprouting up new shoots. I am wondering the effect on my pony, if he should eat the leaves? Also, any suggestions as to getting rid of them permanently? Should I turn him out in the field in hopes he won't eat the leaves?

ANSWER:

Fresh cherry leaves are not usually associated with poisonings, but wilted of freeze-damges leaves are. The dose is a big factor, so it would be useful to know how many sprouts have come up. I would get a couple goats and let them keep the cherry leaves at bay, since they like to browse first, graze second and your ponies are the other way around.