We wanted to plant more evergreen trees in the pasture to add more privacy from the neighbor’s house in the winter when all of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves. I’m also a fan of lots of trees in the pasture in general, as grass growing in the shade usually has a lower sugar content than in full sun, and I’ve noticed the horses like hang out under the trees in the summer and use the branches of the cedar trees to get rid of flies. Trees will also help stabilize the soil on the hillside to decrease erosion.
I wasn’t sure if the horses would destroy young vulnerable pine saplings like they often do with hardwood saplings, so before investing money in actual nursery trees I decided to run a test. Our farm had been overgrown and neglected for years before we got it, and the fencelines had various trees growing along them. We found a few young cedar saplings and dug them up and transplanted them to the pasture. We would have cut them down anyway in the fenceline clearing, might as well make use of them.
So far, so good. It has been a couple weeks and the horses haven’t bothered with them since the initial examination of the new stuff in their field. The real test will be in the winter when all they have is hay to nibble on.
Has anyone ever planted young evergreen trees in a horse pasture, and if so, were they successful?