I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I couldn't find a place that seemed more appropriate.
I bought the property I live at last July, and the pastures were in dire shape - severely overgrown and chock full of canadian thistle and cockleburrs. I hired someone to mow the pasture down a few times this fall with the big tractors (they were armpit deep - and I'm tall) and that seems to, for now, have solves most the problem with the thistles, but the cockleburrs - oh my gosh the cockleburrs make me crazy. The amount of time I have spent this fall combing the darn things out of manes, tails, and feathers - it's a daily job and still they are a mess. Every evening is spent sitting down with tweezers to remove the cockleburr splinters from my hands. My horses are kept heavily coated with show sheen and cowboy magic to ease combing the cockleburrs out. In the spring we are spraying the pastures down with Pasture Pro and that's supposed to kill the thistles and cockleburrs, but I'm told this can be a several-years long process to completely irradicate them. The previous owners of this property just neglected everything - the house, the barn, the fences, and obviously the pastures as well and it's such a headache. Does anyone have any tips on getting rid of the cockleburrs in the pasture beyond what I am doing....or at least some good ways to keep them out of the horses?