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post #1 of 9 Old 01-05-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping out Burs

Chase keeps getting these burs stuck in his mane terrible! Takes me an hour and a gallon of showsheen EVERYDAY to get them out and the next day they’re back in. I tried braiding but it didn’t work and I’m at the point of roaching his mane. Any ideas to keep them out?
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-05-2019, 11:54 AM
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Ive never tried it, but I heard baby oil works amazing on keeping burrs out, I believe friend of mine used vegetable oil with great results as well!

I always brushed them out every day and sprayed show sheen throughout the burr season, only had to spray show sheen 2-3 times per week, granted my horse doesnt have a thick mane/tail so that saved me as well.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-05-2019, 12:16 PM
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An old friend who was plagued or rather her horses were with burrs used WD40. Inexpensive and it worked.
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That sure looks familiar--my horses have the same problem near the end of summer. I usually just pick them out by hand as I don't want the horse to be an oily mess. Cowboy Magic is awesome at getting out any tangles so might work great for burrs, too.

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The best way is ridding your pasture of them.

I work to keep Burr and thistle off thousands of acres. Tedious, but necessary. Then I figure out what we're doing to give them a toe-hold.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-07-2019, 06:29 PM
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Chase keeps getting these burs stuck in his mane terrible! Takes me an hour and a gallon of showsheen EVERYDAY to get them out and the next day theyíre back in. I tried braiding but it didnít work and Iím at the point of roaching his mane. Any ideas to keep them out?
Braid it up into a short braid and fold it over on its own and bag it. The burs will then only be able to attach themselves to the tail back. There are some great neoprene tail bags you can get as well that makes it difficult for those burs to stick to.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-09-2019, 01:47 PM
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The best way is ridding your pasture of them.
Yep. I have a Shire (hair, hair, and more hair) and was completely plagued by cockleburs. I drove my truck out to the pasture and spent an entire day cutting down every plant I could find and throwing them in the truck bed to haul them out. It took me about 3 years to really get them all out, as some had gone to seed before I went cutting each time. By now I'll end up with a plant or two around the border of my pasture. Cockleburs are annual, so cutting off the tops once or twice a season will prevent the plant from germinating again for next year. I'd rather cut the plant at the ground twice than pulling up from the roots on a plant that size and prickly. I do treat the horse's feather with a mineral oil mixture and have found that the mineral oil does help some with keeping the hair from snagging in the burs, but they're still a nightmare. I also use a metal comb and gloves to remove them.
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A spade and a garbage bag and a lot of patience and thoroughness. We mowed the pastures once in late summer to get the dry weeds down and that helped too.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-09-2019, 04:29 PM
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Yep. You need to get them out of the pasture. That's a multi-pronged approach. First, dig them out, bag them up and burn them. This needs to be done every few months for a year or two as new ones will keep sprouting. The bigger issue is pasture management. A healthy pasture will not be overtaken by burs and weeds. Dig out what you don't want. Mow the pasture/weeds every few weeks or as-needed. Fertilize the pasture properly and don't allow it to be overgrazed.

We have a few spots in the shady part of the pastures along the windbreak where burrs, random other weeds, and nettles occasionally crop up due to pasture mismanagement from the previous owners. We mow it regularly, dig out the worst offenders, and spray along the fenceline where we can't mow (we try to eliminate unnecessary spraying). A soil sampling by the county extension showed that some fertilizer was needed in these areas in order to support the grass that will naturally keep the weeds back. The problem is 90% improved. The worst of the areas we fenced off with electrical tape until they are under control, but there is really only one or two problem spots, and they are small. If you allow the horses to get into the burrs, they spread the seeds and then you get more burrs.

Considering your situation, digging out the weeds before the burrs mature is your best bet since the facility owner isn't properly caring for the turnout areas.
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