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  • Horse eating moss on trees
  • Is there anything you can put on trees to save them after horses chew bark off

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    12-24-2008, 11:54 AM
Hmmm... that would concern me if they are eating a lot... I would check with your vet to see if (s)he forsees possible toxicity issues. You may have to wrap them or put obstacles around them or something.
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    12-24-2008, 04:43 PM
They have been eating them nonstop for months now and they are not doing anything odd.....other than from the ordinary. but We are puting fences around the trees as we don't want them all to die!!!
    12-24-2008, 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by Painteddreamfarm    
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!!!
We have a lot of trees here as well but I'm afraid that unless you fence out that area with the trees there isn't much you can do. If you can add a line of fencing directly in front of the tress you are trying to save or around the set. A lot of time they do it out of boredom which is what ends up killing them.
    12-25-2008, 12:34 AM
I know this requires a lot of time and a lot of product, but rubbing ivory soap bars up and down the area they chew on stops them instantly, until it wears off, which is the problem with it. It can work as a temporary fix until you can get something more permanent though.
    12-26-2008, 03:03 PM
Mine eat bark too, I think they like the moss. They copied my donkey who is a devil for trees. I only have a few trees so I watered down a mixture of mustard and pepper and sprayed it on the lower parts, and it seems to work.
    12-28-2008, 09:43 PM
Even if the horses get fed 4x a day they are still without food in between because they wolf those feedings then are bored inbetween. My horses were eating our oaks... not good. We put chicken wire around them and they pushed it up to eat around the bases... not good. Then we made some restricted free choice feeders where the horses have to work to get the food through 2x2 welded wire grids. The result is that the forage takes much longer to eat, fat horses lost weight, thin horses gained weight, they aren't bored and voila no more eating the trees. You can go to Home of Easy Feeding for some ideas on how to make these feeders.

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