We are frequently asked for a hedge suitable for equestrian use, so we have put together a collection of mainly native plants which, if grazed by horses, should cause no harm. The plants will need protecting from the horses until they are fully established, as with any hedge. The hedge will give interest all year round and will be beneficial to many species of wildlife. If pruned correctly, fed and kept well watered it will grow quite rapidly so it will soon offer protection from the elements. The plants in the hedge will be approximately 50% Quickthorn and the balance selected from Cherry Plum, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Hornbeam and Rose Hedging (Rose Sweet Briar or Rosa Rugosa). A short hedge will have fewer different species than a long one.
The plants will be mainly 2-3ft (60-90cm) either seedlings or transplants.
There has been some concern that Field Maple seeds may cause Atypical Myopathy in horses, as Field Maple (Acer campestre) is in the same family as Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus). Our understanding is that this link has not been proven and the British Horse Society recommend Field Maple as a safe hedging plant for horses. However, we are happy to substitute a different plant for Field Maple if requested.
For every 10 yard length of hedge we recommend 25 plants (10 metres = 27 plants), giving an average planting distance of 14ins (35cm) between plants, but be guided by the planting distances listed for individual varieties. For a denser or stock-proof hedge we recommend a double row planted 20ins (50cm) apart, 15ins (38cm) between rows, that is 36 plants for a 10 yard length (40 plants for a 10 metre length)
Minimum order for Horse Friendly Hedging
10 plants (bare rooted plants)
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Length of Hedge
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