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post #11 of 31 Old 01-14-2019, 03:36 PM
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Our barn yard corral area has 2 trees in actual area. The rest of trees are behind the fence line. Pasture has more trees but we have cut down many of the scrub trees. And lost many to wind storms.

Horse won't strip bark off trees if plenty of hay is available. If not enough hay to eat ,then they start eating bark. We have aspens ,oak ,Norway pines & maple trees. Horse's seem to like the pine tree bark over all the other trees.

We have in past put a few big logs of pine tree out in corral give's them something to chew on. Saves the trees from being destroyed.
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We had hay out. We fed twice a day when this picture was taken. It is a pine though and horses do have a preference it seems for cedars and pines. An old timer said it was that they were lacking sulphur and in the instance of eating the green needles Vit C. We added that and a sulpher block. Now the pines are not their goto snack. Cedars, while not being on the menu are still used as scratching posts deluxe and we lose more young trees because they stand over them to itch their bellies and break them in two. Then they have to be removed before they hurt themselves.
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They weren't the only ones eating on that tree. The older ones had gotten it started for those two beavers.
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My dry lot/sacrifice lot is heavily treed. The shade in the summer is really the only benefit. My pasture is less than an acre, so they're in the dry lot more than on the grass, fed hay. I can't tell any difference with the roots holding the ground when it's really muddy in the winter.

The horses will eat the bark off the trees, even when fed hay often. I wrapped my trees in welded wire, they are now getting down at the very base where I really can't wrap. Will probably end up cutting most of the trees down.

You will also have limbs and/or trees fall on your fence. Often. Buy a chainsaw.

There is no reason a partially treed lot won't work. Enjoy having your horses at home!

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post #15 of 31 Old 01-15-2019, 05:56 PM
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I'd say go for it! As long as all the trees and plants are perfectly edible. ;)

If you're doing electric fence just make sure all branches and overgrowth is cut down so it doesn't touch the cord/tape.
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It’s a pretty adnormal shaped lot so we’re trying to make the most of it and allow the horses as much room as possible without destroying the land completely: we feel like the trees are more “sacrificable” than the limited grass pasture we’ll have.

I’ll attach an overhead and our general plan for fencing. Pastures 1, 2 and the sacrifice lot.
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That's lovely! Use trees for fence posts when you're able. If you use nail in insulators, be sure the nails are galvanized so they don't just rust away. Good luck!

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While it seems like a good idea to use trees as fence post and put nails in them if they aren't removed before the tree covers the "injury" then later they can cause injury to you (G) and damage to chainsaws. BTDT. Have been on site when a chain came off of a saw.
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That's a beautiful place! I can't see how it would a problem, my horses are in a partially treed pasture too, and do fine.
Good luck! :)
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My horses are eating my spruce trees. Seriously, they smell like Christmas these days. There are only a couple within their reach, but they play giraffe, and eat the needles, which should not be edible to horses. Seriously, they'll eat anything. And it's not like they're starving - in fact, our older gelding is so chunky that the vet has told me he needs to lose weight. But they all do it.

From the photo, those are clearly deciduous trees. So they will lose their leaves, which will further prevent grass from growing under them. Also, without leaves, they don't make much of a shelter. I'd aim to start cutting them down. Meantime, you'll want to get in there and limb them as much as possible. Other than eating things that are supposed to be inedible, horses have a very strong desire to poke themselves with sticks in places that hurt, and leave large mystery wounds.

Finally, I wouldn't blanket them in there. I can't imagine you being able to limb all those trees quickly enough to let them in safely anytime soon, so they will rub against those trees, and they will shred those blankets.

Among species to avoid, you know that several maples are supposed to be toxic right? We have some on our property, but none in or near the pastures/paddock. That said, I actually witnessed my mare eating a red maple leaf as I gasped in horror, unable to rip it from her mouth in time, and I was convinced she would fall over and die. She didn't. I don't recommend that approach, however.

So again, if I were you, I'd start chopping down those trees. Aim to get most of them cut, leaving just a few here and there as ornaments, and chew toys. I think birches are pretty safe (if not, my horses are once again proving that they have a death wish). White pine too. But do your homework, and go get yourself a chain saw. If any of them make for good firewood, you might be able to get someone to come in and clear the area for the free wood.
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