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    11-20-2011, 04:56 PM
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Foal
Question about mesquite

Hi,

So, my horses and pygmy goat are brand new to Texas and we have 7 acres of grass and mesquite. They have never dealt with mesquite before as we didn't have that where we were in California. There are some HUGE spikes on them, that will go right through tires! We are planning on trying to eradicate it (which apparently isn't an easy task), but several neighbors has told me that we shouldn't worry about it as their horses just avoid it. I am worried about it being stepped on because the spikes would go right through their frog, or them trying to eat it. Anyone else dealt with mesquite and have some thoughts on this subject?

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    11-28-2011, 09:46 AM
  #2
Foal
Bumping this up in hopes of getting a response. :)
     
    11-28-2011, 10:12 AM
  #3
Trained
My horses will eat mesquite when they can get to it. Not large amounts, but they seem to like it. I've never seen them bothered by mesquite. I'm in Arizona, FWIW.

The acacia around here have huge spikes, and I haven't seen them eat those at all. The horses normally are in a corral, but when they get out they wander around and have never had a problem.
     
    11-28-2011, 11:50 AM
  #4
Trained
When we lived in AZ my horses never had a problem with the mequite or any other desert plant, except the CHOLLA! MAN I learned to hate that stuff, but I don't think it grows in TX.
     
    11-28-2011, 01:01 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
We have family in Southwestern Ok and there is a lot of Mesquite there. I have never seen it cause a problem except if horses are not fed enough and they eat Mesquite Beans. They will sure impact a horse and are awful hard to get to come through. Horses will nibble on the leaves, but I have not seen that hurt them either.

I would sure go around and pick up limbs and branches and burn them. You can spray individual bushes with Remedy, Grazon P+D. Roundup works pretty good if you cannot buy Remedy or Grazon. [It takes an applicator's license in Oklahoma to buy Remedy or Grazon P+D.] I have not had them get thorns in their feet, but they are the death of truck and tractor tires.
     
    11-28-2011, 03:13 PM
  #6
Foal
I may try to turn them out on it as we get rid of it. I am still concerned about it...but many people have horses around it and don't seem to have any issues.
     

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