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post #1 of 15 Old 11-10-2009, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tree sap

Before I put my horses out in my field I cut the branches up on the trees so that they could go under them and out of the way. I have one pine tree in the field, when I cut the branches of course sap flowed. Now my mare delights in using this nasty sap covered tree as a scratching post.

Neither of them eat bark so I left the trunks without any wire on them. I will probably cover the trunk of this one soon, to avoid this problem.

In the mean time how do I get the sap of her neck and out of her mane. It is cold now so bathing is limited. I have tried getting a bucket of warm water and trying to spot wash her with her regular horsey shampoo with poor results. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-10-2009, 11:54 AM
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Goo gone
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-10-2009, 07:56 PM
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Mayonnaise....seriously. If you've ever gotten sap on your hands from a pine tree and then rubbed mayonnaise into the sap, you'd see that it literally dissolves the sap.

Strange, but true.
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I second mls. Goo gone. =]

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A bot fly knife, will scrape the tar off.It may thin the hair a little bit but its worth it.
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-10-2009, 09:18 PM
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turps or nail polish remover--- we have the same problem at our place and my sister's grey is chronic for it so she uses that only like the day before a comp- we don't actually bath him in turps ;) just wipe it over the sap.... hahaha could u imagine a horse smelling like he's just come from a manicure LOL sorry visual image there

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Hand sanitizer. works like a charm. :)
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-11-2009, 04:11 AM
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Tree Sap

Peanut butter works awesome for tree, its not a chemical which is always a plus
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post #10 of 15 Old 11-11-2009, 03:30 PM
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I've always used nail polish remover.
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