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post #11 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:01 PM
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Is that the height of the grass?

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post #12 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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He was very anxious yesterday when I penned the other new horses, he really wants them out to play. The first day he tended to hang out at the far end of the pasture. As soon as the others arrived yesterday he hung within 50' of their mini pasture and just kind of paced along their fence line. I let the younger of the two loose with him yesterday for an hour and they seemed to get along well, lots of sniffing and then one would chase one, then they would reverse roles and then they would graze side by side and wouldn't leave each other's side. The andalusian is a gelding and the other two are mares. The young mare is about his age and the other mare is 13 and is the younger mares mother. Mom doesn't seem very happy about the Andalusian so I haven't put them together at all. But the youngin's seem very happy to have playmates.
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post #13 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:08 PM
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I am a huge advocate for horses being in a herd with other horses, so I am glad that he has friends, especially at this critical age.
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post #14 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, those pics are in my pasture and typical of the grass although I think some of it is a little longer and thicker in some areas.
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post #15 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:11 PM
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That grass looks fine (height wise) and healthy, in my opinion. I don't think you need to mow it even when it dries out, especially if there is more than one horse grazing on it.

You said you are aware of the land's terrain, but did you do a walkthrough to survey if there are any potential poisonous plants?

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post #16 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Great, thanks for the input, I'm happy to hear that. Can't wait to get a vet here to ease my mind.
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post #17 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't but I had a very knowledgeable friend out who I originally laid out the pasture for. She wanted to keep her horses here originally but then she got transferred to Colorado so that didn't pan out. I'll try to locate a plant guide and do a walk this afternoon. Any suggestions on a reference?
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post #18 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:28 PM
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I don't know what kind of plants are in Wisconsin, but you can look on the internet and print out a sheet.

Here are a few websites to get you started:
https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs938/
https://equusmagazine.com/management...or-horses-8208
https://www.thesprucepets.com/plants...horses-4121978
Plants Poisonous to Livestock - Animal Science - Cornell University
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ous_to_equines

Animals tend to be aware of what's what and not will eat poisonous plants, unless there is nothing else to eat. For example, we have some buttercups in the pasture, but the horses will not touch them at all. Of course, accidents do happen and prevention is the best route.

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It's also noted that some horses are affected by different substances differently. This can be due to allergies or just different metabolization process. Acorns are considered "toxic" to horses. If I wasn't careful, my horse would try to snack on them like candy. I don't condone it, but she never had any problems, though.
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post #19 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again Loon, I looked through these and don't recognize any of the plants. I will certainly put local poisonous plants on the list of things to discuss with my vet.
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post #20 of 42 Old 05-20-2019, 07:50 PM
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Black Walnut and Red Maples are common in Wisconsin, so you want to be sure he can't access those or any leaves from those (including blown in the fall). Yew trees are another a lot of people have in the landscaping; also toxic.
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