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#1 The Farmall 706

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:18 PM

I SERIOUSLY NEED SOME HELP HERE. [Surrender]

Long story short, my horses discovered that their fence wasn't hot, and broke into some cattails. (our pasture is broken up into two halves and the fence in the middle isn't hot. It's the only thing keeping them from the plants) My mom is not worried enough to help me get them into the barn. Nor is she concerned about how much they eat. [Eek!]

Are they dangerous to horses? I really need to know. Like NOW.

[ 10-05-2007, 02:56 PM: Message edited by: The Farmall 706 ]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

I searched around and from what i gather, they are not.

they may be and i just didnt find it but im pretty sure they are not poisonous.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:50 PM

hmmmmm let me do a search for you.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:55 PM

I don't think tyhey are bad. But still keep an eye on her/him just incase. Oh and justlucky I like your siggy.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:06 PM

Thanks guys. [Huggy]

I would do the search myself, but I had to help my dad put a roundbale in. (trying to divert them from thier new-found pleasure) And they still went for the cattails. I'm starting to doubt that they're piosoness. (sp?) They've been there for decades. Maybe I'm just noticing that they're eating them. [Confused] I don't know...

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:32 PM

go out and weedwack the ones that are close to the fence... problem solved [Big Grin]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:37 PM

quote:
Originally posted by cowgurl_up:
go out and weedwack the ones that are close to the fence... problem solved [Big Grin]

That is a good idea, but the plants are INSIDE the fence. Like, the whole patch. That's a good idea, but I doubt there will be any left by the time we can get a weedwhacker out there.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 09:05 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ParadeLover:
I don't think tyhey are bad. But still keep an eye on her/him just incase. Oh and justlucky I like your siggy.

awwh. thanks!

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 02:55 PM

UPDATE.

So...got home from school today and all three horses are still alive! [Yay]

They trashed the whole patch of cattails from 5' stalks to about 1' stems. [Eek!] I'm impressed. Impressed that they didn't colic by now. [Confused] One of the good signs was that they wanted food when I was down in the barn, and that one of them pooped. I garantee that they ate it all last night. If they did, and haven't coliced by now, they're in the clear. I'm still gonna keep an eye on them just in case. I'm still a little worried. [Razz]

Thanks for the replies. [Smiley Wavey]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:18 PM

I SERIOUSLY NEED SOME HELP HERE. [Surrender]

Long story short, my horses discovered that their fence wasn't hot, and broke into some cattails. (our pasture is broken up into two halves and the fence in the middle isn't hot. It's the only thing keeping them from the plants) My mom is not worried enough to help me get them into the barn. Nor is she concerned about how much they eat. [Eek!]

Are they dangerous to horses? I really need to know. Like NOW.

[ 10-05-2007, 02:56 PM: Message edited by: The Farmall 706 ]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

I searched around and from what i gather, they are not.

they may be and i just didnt find it but im pretty sure they are not poisonous.

=]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:50 PM

hmmmmm let me do a search for you.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:55 PM

I don't think tyhey are bad. But still keep an eye on her/him just incase. Oh and justlucky I like your siggy.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:06 PM

Thanks guys. [Huggy]

I would do the search myself, but I had to help my dad put a roundbale in. (trying to divert them from thier new-found pleasure) And they still went for the cattails. I'm starting to doubt that they're piosoness. (sp?) They've been there for decades. Maybe I'm just noticing that they're eating them. [Confused] I don't know...

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:32 PM

go out and weedwack the ones that are close to the fence... problem solved [Big Grin]

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:37 PM

quote:
Originally posted by cowgurl_up:
go out and weedwack the ones that are close to the fence... problem solved [Big Grin]

That is a good idea, but the plants are INSIDE the fence. Like, the whole patch. That's a good idea, but I doubt there will be any left by the time we can get a weedwhacker out there.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 09:05 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ParadeLover:
I don't think tyhey are bad. But still keep an eye on her/him just incase. Oh and justlucky I like your siggy.

awwh. thanks!

#18 The Farmall 706

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 02:55 PM

UPDATE.

So...got home from school today and all three horses are still alive! [Yay]

They trashed the whole patch of cattails from 5' stalks to about 1' stems. [Eek!] I'm impressed. Impressed that they didn't colic by now. [Confused] One of the good signs was that they wanted food when I was down in the barn, and that one of them pooped. I garantee that they ate it all last night. If they did, and haven't coliced by now, they're in the clear. I'm still gonna keep an eye on them just in case. I'm still a little worried. [Razz]

Thanks for the replies. [Smiley Wavey]