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Mares starting to eat bark off trees!!

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Daniel Crouse
Yearling
Username: Sneakers17

Post Number: 71
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 08:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just in the last couple of days my mares have started to eat the bark off a couple of trees in the pasture; this morning there was a little chewed off but when i came home today half the tree was bare; alot was eaten.

Could it cause colic; because one had a case of colic early in the year?

Will it harm them?
Why are they doing it?
What should I do?
Will it hurt the fetus?

One is 2 months, 2 weeks and the other is 2 months, 1 week pregnant. There both getting Nutriquin vitamin supplement. And are treated like gold. Also the nail test said 2 colts.
 

Amanda Gilbert
Yearling
Username: Amanda

Post Number: 72
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 09:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What kind of trees are they eating the bark off?
 

Daniel Crouse
Yearling
Username: Sneakers17

Post Number: 76
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 09:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There maples.

http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com/autumn-leaves/red-maple-tree.jpg

http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/mapledecline/sugarmaplebig.jpg
 

Amanda Gilbert
Yearling
Username: Amanda

Post Number: 75
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 06:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would talk to your vet. My brian is fried at this point as to if they are poisnis or not.... I would maybe fence off the trees....
 

Michele
Nursing Foal
Username: Mich

Post Number: 16
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 06:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've had horses eat bark of various types of trees in past with no ill effects. In fact, they've ringbarked the trees to such an extent that the tree took a year or two to recover. In the wild, horses will often eat tree bark if available. I believe that there is a gelatine that is actually made from tree bark. However, if in any doubt I would keep them away from the trees, not worth risking a pregnant mare.
 

cathy Cook
Weanling
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 24
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 09:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a fence around all my trees so they can't eat tehm.
 

Jet
Nursing Foal
Username: Jet

Post Number: 15
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 02:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maple is not poisonous to horses--they love the sap... think "Maple Syrup" here. However, any time a horse eats a lot of tree bark or leaves, they should be watched for colic and/or impaction. You will want to stop the behavior, because it will end up killing the trees. My gelding did a number on seven Maple trees at my parents house back when we lived there. He stripped the bark as high as he could reach, even standing on his back legs only to get higher pieces! The trees did fine until winter... they never came back the next spring.

I advise ringing the trees with chicken wire... yup... just wrap chicken wire loosely around the base and as far up as the horses can eat. Leave some extra, so you can let it out a little each year as the tree grows. Tie it off so that it stays on and bend all of the pointy parts to the inside, so the horses don't get caught on them.

Or... as Cathy Cook said... you can put fences up around the trees so the horses can't get to them.

Or... I'm not sure if this will harm the trees or not, but you could look into it. Maybe paint the trees with one of these:
http://www.horsestaples.com/cribbingsolvers01_farnam.htm
I use "No Chew" on my barn and none of the horses chew the planks any more.



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