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post #1 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Horse eating my trees HELP

Is there anything I can put on my trees to keep the horses from eating them. I mean they are litterally stripping them clean... and I have a lot of trees.... I mean alot and its the reason we got this property.... but not one tree doesnt have a eating spot... and they have continuious hay... and are fat so its not like they are hungry!!!

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 12:09 PM
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what kind of tree's are they? We had a mare die becuase she ate birch bark off of all of our trees....i went to feed in the morning and she was gone...and the autopsy showed she died from eating the bark...i would be carefull...that wasnt fun! She was my fav mare!
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 02:49 PM
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My horses like to chew on trees, "just 'cause" lol. We put some electro-braid hot rope up around the trees (all are clumped in one spot) to keep them out of the area (we already have electro-braid, we just spliced more in to the perimiter fence).

If your trees are spread out, then the best thing you can do is to wrap the trunks in chicken wire. You'll need to re-do it every so often, so the tree doesn't grow over the chicken wire.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 03:17 PM
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they are actually after the sap that is in the bark at this time of year... which is basically PURE sugar , years ago I had a horse that went CRAZY this time of year ... looking at it now I know why LOL

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I've had 100's of horses and we have a couple hundred acres of pasture and trees and never had a horse chew a tree. I think when they do its one of two reasons. Boredom or lack of a mineral or via. Do you have a salt block plus a mineral block or loose salt and minerals free choice?
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 07:14 PM
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I posted something about this last winter I spent a good part of the summer cutting down dead trees that were killed by my horses eating the bark off. Mine have good hay, mineral and salt blocks they are all happy and healthy plus plenty of room to roam around. I finally wrapped the remaining trees in wire fence material. Chicken wire will work fine. Next time plant evergreens, they don't seem to be interested in the pines or cedars, I notice they don't eat a mulberry tree bark either. I think its just certain trees.
Do it sooner than later. The more bark they strip off the more likely you will lose the tree.


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post #7 of 16 Old 12-18-2008, 07:24 PM
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Yup, my horses have (some) room to roam, plenty of hay (I feed hay 3 times a day, 25-30 lbs each horse), the have a mineral salt block, and I give them a vit/mineral supplement. I think mine are somewhat bored. Their pasture is only about 0.75 acre and we only get them out 1-2 times a week right now.
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-19-2008, 06:22 PM
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I suspect its often boredom, as others have said. My mare only chews on trees when she's yarded, never when she's turned out.

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My horses will nibble for sure -- especially poplar and, yes evergreens -- the spruce and balsam. All three of these trees I know have nutrient or mineral or something or other value in them. I can't remember what it is in each, but they're all different. I have always experienced horses doing the tree munch. Years ago, our horses roamed on 25 acres of bush and field. They still ate the trees! As long as it's not maple or oak, I don't worry about it. But, I have LOTS of trees!
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-24-2008, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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My horses will nibble for sure -- especially poplar and, yes evergreens -- the spruce and balsam. All three of these trees I know have nutrient or mineral or something or other value in them. I can't remember what it is in each, but they're all different. I have always experienced horses doing the tree munch. Years ago, our horses roamed on 25 acres of bush and field. They still ate the trees! As long as it's not maple or oak, I don't worry about it. But, I have LOTS of trees!

They are eating the maple and oak trees....

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