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What hedge type plants will horses NOT eat?
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Sammie    Posted 03-04-2002 at 20:09:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The traffic on the road by my pasture has increased greatly and I worry about the horses being that close and someday there will be a sidewalk right outside of the fence so I would like to plant a hedge that won't get so high it hits the power lines but something that will create a "wall" along the fence. I live in south central Washington State so we have hot and cold "seasons". Also I need to make sure that if the horses DO eat some of it, they won't get sick. Does anyone have a suggestion on what shrub/tree I could use? Horses eat lilacs!! That would have been ideal.

Dave    Posted 03-06-2002 at 04:28:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do a web search on austree. I planted a row, 3' apart, and put a drip line on them, along 2 sides of our coral. This was mostly for a wind break, and to block the view of a neighbors poorly kept coral. Damn, they grow like they say! Once I started trimming them at about 14' tall, they bushed out and formed a soild hedge that we cant even see through (3 years). The horses dont seem to eat them, but when the gelding is boarded, he will pull of a branch and throw it around awhile. I would research it more closly first, but our horses havnt gone toes up yet. I did string an electric fence wire on the inside of the hedge, and that seems to have stopped the hedge trimming gelding. We live in Colorado with the temp extreems and dry climate at around 7000'. If these were planted in a more mild climate and got water, you would have to trim 4 times a year!

Sarah    Posted 06-09-2002 at 06:02:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I dont know much I'm afraid Im looking up some information for an asignment on the horses digestive system.
So if you got information on ' what horses eat' just send me an email!


Sarah from Perth!
God Bless You

PCC-AL    Posted 03-05-2002 at 17:47:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Sammie,
We raised Arabian show horses for over 50 years. I'm not sure that my father rated his children more than his horses. Anyway, I'm probably going to hurt your feelings, but here is what I understand to be the truth.
Horses are dumb. Don't have anything around them that can hurt them, unless you don't value them very much. Thorns are bad, so is barb wire. Here's the reason. Most animals know enough to be still when entangled in wire, etc. A horse will panic and hurt itself. A cow will just stand there. Your climate is so different from mine that I can only suggest that you contact your county or state agricultural extention service.
Here we have the nasty things like kudsu, privit, and blackthorn. Whatever you plant, make sure it will not come back to haunt you. Good luck.

Donna    Posted 03-07-2002 at 17:48:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with PCC-Al, I raised Fox Trotters for a while, and they can truely hurt themselves pretty bad.

Sammie    Posted 03-05-2002 at 18:54:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are right, horses are dumb but these are SO lovable!!!! lol I don't ride - actually they aren't MY horses but the neighbors horses who graze on my land as well as their own pasture. It would really break my heart if one of them got hurt. Right after I moved in, one of the horses got it's eye poked out and the owners chose to have her put down cuz a one eyed trail horse is dangerous. We still don't know how she got hurt but it made me sick to think of that beautiful horse being hurt like that and it may have been up here however, the vet thought she may have been kicked by one of the other horses. I'd love to learn to ride. I'm in the Search and Rescue Acadamy right now and the Sheriffs office has been discussing forming a mounted unit for SAR.

kraig WY    Posted 03-05-2002 at 06:40:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Russian Olive. Got it around my house. Nothing eats it, not even deer. Kind of ruff to mow around. Lots of thorns. Something else you might think of. If you can get rid of all the grass on the other side of the fence so the horses don't lean over or thru the fence to get at it. Saves ware and tare on fences.

Sammie    Posted 03-05-2002 at 12:20:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you!! I want the border fence partly for the noise from the street and also I don't want to have to worry about the school kids throughing rocks, etc. at my horses. The fence is already strong enough and high enough so they don't lean over but if spooked, I think they could break parts of it. Russian Olive - at kind of climate do you live in? Does it spread from the bottom really bad? Thorns would make it hard to keep the suckers under control. How high does it grow?

I'm new here and just found your board yesterday. I moved from the city to the "country" last September and am remodeling my home so I was just thrilled to find this board!!! I've had so many questions and nobody to ask.

kraig WY    Posted 03-05-2002 at 18:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its pretty dry here, less the 12 inches per year. Goodn'n cold in the winter (down to 20 below) and dry and hot in the summer (100 plus). Plant close together and they grow pretty tight. I've never seen one over 6 foot tall but I'm not sure what would happen if you had water. One thing for sure you wont have to worry about kids poking through the fence at you horses.

Sammie    Posted 03-05-2002 at 18:39:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds like a winner!! However, I did notice when they broke the fence between the pasture and my back yard that they didn't touch the arbavitas. They did a great job of edging my yard, trimming my butterfly bushes and maple trees, polished off my blackberry bushes and peach trees but didn't touch the arbavitas. If I plant them close enough together and plant the round kind, the horses won't eat them, can't get hurt on them and can't trample them when they get big enough. Til then, I think it's hot wire to protect the plants.

Thank you for your suggestions!! Russian Olive sounds interesting but I hesitate to plant something that would be really wicked if it got out of hand with the watered pastured soil.

bob    Posted 03-08-2002 at 13:45:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don,t think about plantingrussian olive I had windbreak ansd second back row had them i have enough sores from throrns to last a life time. tried pruning and every thing. also after i pulled mine out about 300 ft away i have a couple come up so they will spread. have you considered honey suckle also my olives grew 15 to 20 ft tall

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