What comes to mind when you think of stables? Rolling fields, horses cantering by on exercise, and of course lots and lots of trees – these are the first images that flash by. Whether it is a private property or large professional horse breeding and training farms, trees have a close link with stables. There will be many in the vicinity to keep stables cool in summer and protected from high winds and rains and sleet in winter. While it is true that trees safeguard stables from the ravages of the elements, damaged trees can wreak havoc on stables, endangering the horses inside.
Old, damaged and diseased trees that become structurally weak can topple over in even moderate winds and fall on the stable. To eliminate this possibility, such trees should be identified and removed. It is always advisable to seek help of professional arborists in this regard. Amateurs will have no control over which side the tree will fall. If it does topple over on the stable the consequences can be disastrous. But not so with tree care companies who have long years of experience in precise tree and stump removal.
Another cause of damage to trees is lightning strikes. It can shear off portions and even burn large sections of the crown leaving the tree weak and vulnerable. Where the bulk of the tree is not affected, arborists will carry out tree pruning of the affected branches and leaves and leave the tree to grow back fresh foliage. If this is not done, the damaged branches might break off and fall on stables. If the limbs are large, the damage to the stable might be major and can adversely impact the horses inside.
Don’t leave damaged trees near stables. Get arborists for necessary action to negate any risk to horses.