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post #1 of 13 Old 08-07-2011, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Deter plant eating in yard?

I know horses are eating machines but is there a way to keep them from eating my flowers? I let my horses roam my 3 acres of lawn but, there are 4 favorite plants that they wont stay off of. Is there a concoction that I can spray on the plants that will detour them from chowing down the flowers and sticking to the pasture grass? Please???
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-07-2011, 11:27 AM
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The easiest solution is going to be making the plants inaccessible.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-07-2011, 12:03 PM
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Do you have any land out of the pasture where the horses are to put your flowers in?
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-07-2011, 01:32 PM
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Horses are notorious flower munchers, there isn't anything that will stop them if the flowers are just out within reach. In fact my daughter's horse went up 4 steps to the sundeck to get the petunias in urns. I occassionally let my horses out in the yard when it's been raining hard & the lawns are like hayfields (when we built the house, I seeded everything, pastures, lawns with dryland pasture mix) to mow it down a bit before I can cut it with the lawnmower. I tarp over all the flowers otherwise they will eat them down to nubs. Once I forgot about a hanging basket by the carport, it was eaten bare. One thing I can recommend is planting marigolds, they won't eat them, rest are fair game.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-08-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks

Hey all, Thanks for the input. It sounds like I am up the creek on this. It was suggested to spray with garlic & cayenne??? And I will let you all know know if it works.
I love letting them both mow the yard but I just might have to sacrifice the landscaping for them.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-08-2011, 03:45 PM
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A spray made from cayenne might work. You might also try sprinkling blood meal around your flowers. Not only should it help keep the horses away (well - it works on deer), but it's an excellent fertilizer...

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Try electric fencing or fence off a part of your land to use as your garden :)

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A spray made from cayenne might work. You might also try sprinkling blood meal around your flowers. Not only should it help keep the horses away (well - it works on deer), but it's an excellent fertilizer...
I have tried cayenne pepper spray for the roses so the deer won't eat them, but it only works once, we get heavy dew at night so it dilutes it. Haven't heard of bloodmeal, but I will try it. Because I live in a rural secluded area, we have moose & deer gobbling down everything that blossoms, not to mention my own beasts.
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Cayenne pepper generally works for keeping horses from eating/chewing things, but it does wash off in the rain. If you really, really just can't keep them away any other way, you could always resort to what many people use to keep deer out of their vegetable gardens....predator urine (really).

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I have tried cayenne pepper spray for the roses so the deer won't eat them, but it only works once, we get heavy dew at night so it dilutes it. Haven't heard of bloodmeal, but I will try it. Because I live in a rural secluded area, we have moose & deer gobbling down everything that blossoms, not to mention my own beasts.
We live in the boonies, too. The dogs do a great job keeping the deer and the horses out of the flowers. Unfortunately, the dogs then proceed to dig up said flowers so they will have a cool place to lay to keep watch over the flowers to keep the deer and the horses out of the flowers...

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