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    08-13-2012, 10:56 AM
Wooded area for horses...

Hi all, I am hoping you can help. We are new horse owners, boarding at a local facility. We would like to move them to our home but the area is heavily wooded. We have 5 acres of wooded property with somewhat of a gradual slope (when it gets to the back of the property it's a steeper incline). I thought I would fence the flatter part and excavate some nice wide horse trails. My friend came over and said our horses would be a ball of nerves in the trees, said they need wide open pasture to feel safe. I can excavate an area and make it pretty flat (not completely) that would be approx. 100 x 100 ft or maybe a little more but it would take some tearing out alot of trees. Would love your opinion-don't want my horses terrified for their lives all the time. Thanks!
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    08-13-2012, 11:09 AM
Horses do not feel unsafe in trees. The only real concern is the horses killing off the trees by chewing the bark off. Trees give horses shade and blocks cold winds. I don't know where your friend gets her facts from but its wrong. Good luck with your horses.

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    08-13-2012, 11:33 AM
Thanks I am not worried about killing the trees, we plan to block off the back area and only fence a portion. There are so many it would be OK. I just wouldn't want any of them to hurt the horses if they ate them, could they be a danger?
    08-13-2012, 11:40 AM
What kind of trees are they? You don't want them eating oak (mostly the acorns), cherry (bark, fruit, and leaves dangerous), or walnut trees, but regular hardwoods and pine trees won't hurt them if they gnaw on them.
    08-13-2012, 12:07 PM
Green Broke
Horses love trees! Makes it much easier to hide when you see your owner coming with a halter.....
    08-13-2012, 12:29 PM
The trees are pines, aspens and cottonwoods. You are all so much help - Delfinas post made me laugh!
    08-13-2012, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
I have a little of grove of trees (aspens) in one of my pastures and the horses go in there all the time for naps and general quiet time. The smaller trees will sometimes take a beating from the horses knocking them about and there's the occasional large tree that has chew marks on it but otherwise all is well.

One thing about horses and trees: Their tails will take a hit when in the trees (you know - swishing them around and striking the trees and underbrush if there is any). So, it's not a good idea to leave a tail braided as there's a risk of too much tail being left behind when it makes contact and snags on a tree.
    08-13-2012, 01:17 PM
Green Broke
Horses can be afraid of trees because predators could be hiding in them. Once they're used to them, they will use them for shelter without problem.
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    08-13-2012, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
I keep the low limbs cut...I'm scared they might poke an eye out...
    08-13-2012, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
You will need to clear a couple acres and plant grass or th ebits you have will turn into a mudhole. Also wy cheaper than feeding hay year round.

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