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  • How to remove cholla cactus from a horse
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    10-22-2012, 12:43 PM
  #11
Trained
I used to live in Tucson and the only cactus problem I had was the friggin' cholla. I had one mare who just would not leave that stuff alone, so I was always having to pull the spines out of her nose. To this day she's not happy with having someone mess with her nose. I lived up near Miraval, so we had elevation but still plenty of cactii. Never had a leg or hoof problem, just the dam* cholla in noses.

As for the barn, I suppose they could leave the floors unbedded and the horses only go in when it's storming. The packed dirt in their runs is plenty cushy enough, they can be plenty comfortable on sandy dirt. Same thing in the corral. I would have put some shade covers on it but they'll be ok.
     
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    10-22-2012, 12:56 PM
  #12
Banned
I don't know about the cactus, but the stalls might have been left bare without bedding because the horses were only brought in for feeding.
     
    10-22-2012, 01:09 PM
  #13
Yearling
Maybe...I'd hope so. Don't know where they would've been at other times tho, but then, I know very little about the place aside from what I was told.
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    10-22-2012, 01:15 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I used to live in Tucson and the only cactus problem I had was the friggin' cholla. I had one mare who just would not leave that stuff alone, so I was always having to pull the spines out of her nose. To this day she's not happy with having someone mess with her nose. I lived up near Miraval, so we had elevation but still plenty of cactii. Never had a leg or hoof problem, just the dam* cholla in noses.

As for the barn, I suppose they could leave the floors unbedded and the horses only go in when it's storming. The packed dirt in their runs is plenty cushy enough, they can be plenty comfortable on sandy dirt. Same thing in the corral. I would have put some shade covers on it but they'll be ok.
Poor cholla-nose mare!! I can't stand the stuff either...it's SO DARNED pervasive...gets in/on EVERYTHING ... AND FALL IN ONE? Good luck! As an RN I've pulled my share out of people's bodies during floating shifts to the ER! Ugh...And as I understand that's what ONE if the types is which is in their corral...ugh. I HOPE these guts have left it ALONE!!
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    10-22-2012, 01:55 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
Poor cholla-nose mare!! I can't stand the stuff either...it's SO DARNED pervasive...gets in/on EVERYTHING ... AND FALL IN ONE? Good luck! As an RN I've pulled my share out of people's bodies during floating shifts to the ER! Ugh...And as I understand that's what ONE if the types is which is in their corral...ugh. I HOPE these guts have left it ALONE!!
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My old QH used to ride real close to them out on trail, I got my share in my legs until I started riding in heavy chaps. Funny tho', HE never got any in his sides or legs. Bugger! I learned to absolutely hate those things. And they hurt worse coming out that going in and that's none too pleasant.
     
    10-22-2012, 01:56 PM
  #16
Foal
Prickly pear isn't so bad, we have a big bush in my stable camp and the horses often hide in it's shade. Some even use it for a butt scratcher. But Cholla, I've only seen it on TV, living in South Africa we don't see that here. But I've ween an episode of ER where a little girl fell into a cholla. They eventyually used leg wax all over the poor kids/ body cause the parents refused to let the med personnel sedate her. Poor kid was in agony. On one of these Animal cops shows they once had a cat that fell into a cholla - OMW- they were pulling needles out of that poor kitty for like forever.
     
    10-22-2012, 02:02 PM
  #17
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I don't know much about cacti, but I had a pony who LOVED eating the flowers off of a thistle plant. Silly guy never got so much as a scratch, but we watched him strip every plant bare of its blossoms.

These are the plants he loved to eat:
     
    10-22-2012, 02:03 PM
  #18
Trained
I fight those dang things in my pasture all the time, worse now because of the drought. My horses never touch 'em but I run into them when I'm not paying attention and they HURT.
     
    10-22-2012, 02:13 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I fight those dang things in my pasture all the time, worse now because of the drought. My horses never touch 'em but I run into them when I'm not paying attention and they HURT.
Yeah, we have a hard time keeping them at bay. If you don't get the roots, they grow right back.

A large cluster of them grew up over my pony's grave and I couldn't bring myself to remove them. Seemed fitting somehow.
     
    10-22-2012, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
I don't know much about cacti, but I had a pony who LOVED eating the flowers off of a thistle plant. Silly guy never got so much as a scratch, but we watched him strip every plant bare of its blossoms.

These are the plants he loved to eat:
Casey eats those whole. I have watched her eat it all, from the the flower down to the root..

I don't live in cactus country luckily, I wouldn't want those buggers to be anywhere around my horses!
     

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