Horses Stripping Bark Off Trees
Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:04 PM
She is worried that if I fence this area behind our house Rev will strip the bark off of the trees like she's seen some horses do. I plan on him having hay 24/7 being fed with a slow feeder, but is there anything else I can do to prevent him from chewing off the tree bark?
Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:10 PM
I really think that if you provide 24/7 forage, you are unlikely to have a problem. I think it tends to be a boredom issue with horses that scarf up their hay in an hour or happen with horses that get lots of grain and not enough hay.
But then, I certainly could be wrong. There may be some horses that would rather eat bark than hay, but I have trouble picturing it. Maybe if they are missing something else in their diet? With a well rounded diet and plenty of hay, you really shouldn't have an issue. That's just been my experience over the years.
Edited by ExtraHannah, 25 September 2009 - 06:29 PM.
Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:17 PM
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:17 PM
Mine get Sho-glo and a mineral block and don't bother the trees.
You need to thin out the small trees anyhow so the big ones have all the ground they need to stay strong.
The only damage, if you want to call it that, is an occasional place on a wither-high limb where the bark is rubbed smooth from my Hafie itching on it. But no bark is ever chewed or removed completely.
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:42 PM
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 09:48 PM
Most horses will not chew trees if they have adequate forage, My old mare will eat oak trees-don't know why-She'll even eat a few oak leaves with a round bale in the pasture...may be it is the minerals.
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 10:40 PM
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Posted 26 September 2009 - 02:38 AM
Onther thing you have to remember you live in Minnesota..Cold country. Just from the horse walking around on the roots will drive the frost down and damage the roots. The trees die from that . We have all of our birches we had in the horse area gone and cut down since they died. The Spruces are doing ok, but we have to continually make sure that the manure is piled near the trees to protect their root system. The roots here are real shallow no matter what the type of tree with little tap roots....
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