Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell
Those foxtails (or bearded wheat, some call it), are considered an obnoxious weed in my area. They get stuck in your socks or dogs ears and paws and even noses, causing big vet bills. But they are also 40% protein! My horses can get quite fat quite quickly and I have to control their access.
I was really surprised because everyone thinks irrigated pastures of orchard grass is best. We moved from 20 acres of that to 33 acres dry "weeds" and my horses gained 50 lbs each in 2 weeks!
Now I love my dried weed patch! Better than irrigated. Their feet stay dry and their forage is excellent. They have never looked better
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One is a cremello. No sunburn. I wish I had that.
I envy you for that pasture...minus the foxtail lol. Had a horse which gobbled up the seeds in hay and had a whole handful stuck under her upper lip. First time that happened Ithough choke and called the vet. Totally senseless...he didn't find them, I did. Next time that happened I knew where to look. Might be different when on pasture.
My neighbor here runs about 25 cows and two aztecas on 160 acres full of any kind of native weed. Horses never see a vet, get hooves done or vaccinated, dewormed, have no shelter, and well water. It borders the sloughs with millions of mosquitoes. These horses are in perfect shape, hooves look great, tho not necessarily pretty, and are healthy.