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post #1 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Cool In The War Against Burrs...

I won. It took me an hour and a half! The first picture is what it looked like last week (It looked the same today). The second picture is after I got all the burrs out, but before I washed it and trimmed it. The third is when it's all wrapped up. Havana was a very willing slave, but there was some lifesaver mints as a reward. The mane gets fixed next week. :p
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 05:40 PM
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=) I hate burrs!! They are alot of work, my cousin makes me "help" her wither is 11 horses. Techniquely I do most of the work!!

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post #3 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 05:43 PM
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I hate burrs too. Make sure you don't drop them anywhere except in the trash or someplace they won't grow. It seems like for every bur you drop on the ground 15 plants sprout up.
Nice job getting them all out, are your fingers sore?


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post #4 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I know, but you can't escape them! They are everywhere and no where at the same time! Uggg. They are so annoying, and most of the time they hurt...Yes, my fingers are sore, but luckily for me the burrs were like almost decomposed so they werem't as sharp

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post #5 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 07:43 PM
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For some reason my horse gets no burrs in her tail, but they ALL ACCUMULATE in her FORELOCK! Totally dreaded. For now, I try and keep as much show sheen in her mane and tail and it seems to be working quite well when I compare how many burrs she has to the other horses. I can't wrap her tail up because of her pasture mates. I have no idea how so many of these things can get all tangled up during a day's worth of turnout. I HATE BURRS!
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post #6 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 08:28 PM
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I won. It took me an hour and a half! The first picture is what it looked like last week (It looked the same today). The second picture is after I got all the burrs out, but before I washed it and trimmed it. The third is when it's all wrapped up. Havana was a very willing slave, but there was some lifesaver mints as a reward. The mane gets fixed next week. :p
You need to wrap the tail below the tailbone not on it. Very important.
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post #7 of 32 Old 01-16-2010, 10:42 PM
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Yeah, I second, especially if you are going to be wrapping more on a weekly basis, to wrap below the tail bone; braid the entire tail but wrap below the bone only, so the tail itself isn't compressed at all.

I hated burrs til I moved to AZ when I first encountered TUMBLEWEED...dead or alive those things HURT like dickens, and atleast one of the horses gets a couple of peices of it in their tails (at the least) each week...even with them braided up...although with them braided, it is tons easier to pluck them out!

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post #8 of 32 Old 01-17-2010, 06:06 PM
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Before I had my horse I would ride schoolies and they'd come in with softball sized clumps of burs in their mane tales, and the worst of all, forelocks D;
My horse does not get turned out into a pasture, unfortunately because he used to always come in lame, he gets turned out into a paddock and I graze him when the weather permits.
To my advantage though, no burs!
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post #9 of 32 Old 01-17-2010, 10:35 PM
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Looks so much better!! I used to lease a horse who would get so many burrs in his forelock that he looked like a unicorn... sigh. Luckily he rarely got them anywhere else though!
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post #10 of 32 Old 01-18-2010, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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OK stupid question: Why can't I wrap the top? It's not wrapped tightly, I just wanted to loosely wrap it so it wouldn't get mud on it. I braided the bottom and wrapped it tightly, then just loosely wrapped the top...Will it hurt her?

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