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back in the crosby again 11-10-2009 10:25 AM

Tree sap
Before I put my horses out in my field I cut the branches up on the trees so that they could go under them and out of the way. I have one pine tree in the field, when I cut the branches of course sap flowed. Now my mare delights in using this nasty sap covered tree as a scratching post.

Neither of them eat bark so I left the trunks without any wire on them. I will probably cover the trunk of this one soon, to avoid this problem.

In the mean time how do I get the sap of her neck and out of her mane. It is cold now so bathing is limited. I have tried getting a bucket of warm water and trying to spot wash her with her regular horsey shampoo with poor results. Any ideas?

mls 11-10-2009 11:54 AM

Goo gone

Polaris 11-10-2009 07:56 PM

Mayonnaise....seriously. If you've ever gotten sap on your hands from a pine tree and then rubbed mayonnaise into the sap, you'd see that it literally dissolves the sap.

Strange, but true. :lol:

riccil0ve 11-10-2009 07:57 PM

I second mls. Goo gone. =]

lacyloo 11-10-2009 09:04 PM

A bot fly knife, will scrape the tar off.It may thin the hair a little bit but its worth it.

XivoShowjumper 11-10-2009 09:18 PM

turps or nail polish remover--- we have the same problem at our place and my sister's grey is chronic for it so she uses that only like the day before a comp- we don't actually bath him in turps ;) just wipe it over the sap.... hahaha could u imagine a horse smelling like he's just come from a manicure LOL sorry visual image there

myhorsesonador 11-10-2009 09:26 PM

Hand sanitizer. works like a charm. :)

qtrhrsecrazy 11-10-2009 10:04 PM


Horselady44 11-11-2009 04:11 AM

Tree Sap
Peanut butter works awesome for tree, its not a chemical which is always a plus:wink:

Haley 11-11-2009 03:30 PM

I've always used nail polish remover.

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