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post #11 of 21 Old 05-06-2015, 02:39 PM
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I grew up in where goat heads are prevalent. I have seen horses eat the weed when it is green and the stickers are still round, but most didn't eat it again after trying it once. If the horse is eating the goat head after it is dry there could be potential of a sticker get into the gums and that would be painful, if you have ever stepped on a goat head barefoot then you know what I am talking about. We use to drag our yard every year to clear the weeds before they got too big and were able to produce many the goat heads. I suggest clearing the weeds out if possible, they are a nuisance and get stuck to everything, pulling them off your splint boots is a real pain in the a#$.

Throwing out a salt/mineral block wouldn't hurt as long as the horse doesn't have any health conditions that could be affected. Good luck.
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post #12 of 21 Old 05-07-2015, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I found out from my vet that my made needed Pikea mineral. So I got her a block :)
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-08-2015, 01:35 AM
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^That's great that you've had your vet analyse diet/blood(?) to know what she's lacking & needs. Presume Pikea is a particular mix? But horses don't get much at all out of mineral blocks, so I'd be using loose mins added to the feed, or offered free choice.
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post #15 of 21 Old 05-08-2015, 08:00 AM
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Pica is an eating disorder. A quick google search turned up nothing under pikea but I would assume the vet is assuming a missing mineral causing the animal to eat something other than what it should. If the pics represent what is available in the turn out areas there is nothing there to browse grass wise. Even if there is hay 24/7 some animals will still browse whatever green is available. While a mineral block amy help or loose mins in feed for providing what is missing it won't help with eating whatever is there because that is all that is there.
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-08-2015, 08:40 AM
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Try applying petroleum jelly to her backside, the underside of her tail and up underneath her hind legs. Have you seen her bum scratching or is the hair loss caused by her heat cycle. With some mares the urine is so strong it takes the hair off. If it's bug bites - either one the Vaseline will help.

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post #17 of 21 Old 06-20-2015, 08:14 AM
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"Recently she been starting to eat goat heads."

Ok, this is really unrelated but I didn't know you meant some sort of plant at first and I was like "... poor goats?"
Edit: oops, only just realized this post was a month old... Oopsies. Sorry!
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post #18 of 21 Old 06-25-2015, 08:57 PM
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What exactly is a quarab?
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post #19 of 21 Old 06-25-2015, 10:22 PM
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-26-2015, 04:22 AM
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Is the area she is in last photo, her only pasture? May be only thing there is green.

And what do you mean you have been "giving her green grass"?

Are you not feeding good quality hay? If you are tossing over mowed grass, that can cause major problems.

Horses won't eat things like you are describing unless they are hungry.

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