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    03-01-2012, 09:46 PM
  #1
Yearling
Burrs!

Ugh Burrs are driving me crazy! My guys are covered in them! I've been using Cowboy Magic detangler and shine in there manes and tails and its helping cut down on the burrs on them but the backs of their front legs are constantly covered because there still wooly from winter. So I was wondering if I put the cowboy magic down their front legs would that help like it has been with there manes and tails? Would it hurt them or there legs at all?
     
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    03-01-2012, 10:00 PM
  #2
Weanling
I HATE burrs. The only long term solution is to find the plants and kill them - so so so so so much easier said than done! I have never managed to do it...

If I am correct, Cowboy Magic is a detangler? If so, it should be fine to leave on the legs. If it is anykind of soap - no.

In the past (don't have burrs where we are currently at) I have used Show Sheen as it leave a slick silicon (spelled that wrong) coating on the hair.

Good luck, don't really have anything to say other than, give your horse a hug and good work!
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    03-01-2012, 10:12 PM
  #3
Foal
I've never had to deal with burrs so I'm not quite sure, but I can tell you that silicon is not good to leave in. It will make your horse's hair brittle and it'll break, and it can get waxy too. Show Sheen never touches my horses for this reason, I hate it. I have never used Cowboy Magic, but I think it's safe to leave in. I'm not sure because I don't know what's in it though.

You might want to try baby oil. It's safe, slick, cheap. I use it as a detangler and it makes my horse's hair really soft!
     
    03-01-2012, 10:53 PM
  #4
Weanling
[QUOTE=Sanala;1387707]I've never had to deal with burrs so I'm not quite sure, but I can tell you that silicon is not good to leave in. It will make your horse's hair brittle and it'll break, and it can get waxy too. QUOTE]

I did not know that. I just always thought it was great for detangling. Hum - I wonder why that is why I have never been able to get my gelding to grow a decent mane?
     
    03-01-2012, 11:12 PM
  #5
Foal
That could possibly be the reason, especially if you use it often. My favorite detangler/conditioner spray to use is Farnam's Vetrolin. Smells minty!
     
    03-02-2012, 07:54 AM
  #6
Yearling
Oil works for me. I use coconut (it's solid, so I have to melt it in my hands to apply it), but any veggy oil, like corn oil, should do the trick.

Mine will collect every bur within 100 yards, even if we didn't get close to it. The burrs jump across fields to get in the hair. Between a tail that sometimes drags the ground (until I trim an inch off) and the Frisian feathering they're burr magnets. Pour some oil on and I use one of the dog brushes that had the metal tines coming out of a rubber base so that they will flex if there's too much resistance. It takes a littl time (due to the volume), but they all come out. Sweet gum balls are a little easier, since I can more easily pull them out by hand.

If you manage to get them all out of your pasture (as I have) you need to be dilligent about keeping them out. When you come back from a ride bag and trash what you pull out of the hair (or I've been known to have a fire for them) :))
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    03-02-2012, 12:53 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Show sheen works really well - but is kind of pricey if you have oil instead. When we brought Yahzi home she was COVERED in them head to toe and I didn't have my usual baby oil, so I sacrificed my beloved bottle of Show Sheen and it worked like a charm.
     
    03-02-2012, 02:07 PM
  #8
Yearling
I had the worst run in with burrs yet this year. It was BAD. It got to the point where even after pulling most of the burrs by the roots, I swear my girl was hunting for them. I finally just clipped the back of her legs up and shaved off her mane LOL. I always keep her tail in a braid as well.

My best advice is go out to the barn and just spend a few hours pulling the big patches up. It really does help. Aside from that, cowboy magic is your best bet. I also think the show sheen recommendation is great.

I think if you just took scissors/clippers to the longer hair on their legs that would help a lot.

Best of luck to you!!
     
    03-02-2012, 02:29 PM
  #9
Green Broke
This is the 3rd thread about burrs in the last few months. I, too, have been fighting burrs. Good news...I'm winning!!
Here is my advice:
1) Detangler--lots of brands work well. The CHEAPEST I've found is to use corn oil. The liter is about $3.50 Yes, it messy but the burrs slide right off. You horse will want to eat it, and it's safe for him to lick. =D
2) Throw the burrs away. Yes, I've thrown them in the trash and have/are burning them, BUT, I'm a gardener and the gardeners I talk to will tell you that you have to eradicate the seeds (the burrs) if you want to get rid of them. Seeds somewhere else in a landful won't make more plants in YOUR yard. Some weed seeds can survive burning.
They are HARDY plants. Where you have your horses turnout they will run over and kill some, but not all. Burdock has medicinal leaves, so it won't hurt you to handle them if you pull some out by the roots.
3) Pull out by the roots in the Spring, when last year's plants will come out by the roots. Check NOW for dead burdock. Use garden pruners if they won't come out. THIS is what I've been doing. They love to grow beneath your fences. THIS is where you horses pick them up when they graze the fenceline and the burrs get on their forelocks and manes.
4) Get a sacrificial push mower and mow the heck out any that sprout up this spring.
Eventually you, like me will get them under control.
P.S. I'm also fighting thistles! =b
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    03-02-2012, 02:45 PM
  #10
Green Broke
My place has a lot of burrs when I bought it. They are all gone now. They come up easily with a spade shovel along the root. You'll feel & hear a pop when you push down on the shovel.
     

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