One of the most beautiful aspects of spring are the flowering fruit trees that cover our landscapes in a variety of blossoms.  I live across the street from a national park, which is a spectacular sight come April.

But as a horse owner, it’s useful to know which of these fruit trees poses a risk. When we take trail rides, every horse will attempt to sneak in a bite or two of the greenery around them. So which nibbles are alright, and which ones should I pull his head away from as quickly as possible?

Here is a quick reminder of some of the more common poisonous fruit trees, along with a reminder of what they look like in their foliaged, flowered, and fruited state.

For a more complete list, take a look at the ASPCA’s website here.

Apple -- Ironic, considering apples are one of a horse's favorite fresh treats.

Apple — Ironic, considering apples are one of a horse’s favorite fresh treats.

Apricot

Apricot

Black Walnut -- These are extremely poisonous!  Also watch for black walnut shells mixed in your bedding and if you get tainted bedding don't use it.

Black Walnut — These are extremely poisonous!  Also watch for black walnut shells mixed in your bedding and if you get tainted bedding don’t use it.

Cherry

Cherry

Fig

Fig

Lemon

Lemon

Lime

Lime

Orange

Orange

Peach

Peach

Plum

Plum