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Ground Squirrel holes and horse safety?

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Cheryl Johnson
Neonate
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone have any expereinces regarding horses and those darn holes in the ground made by ground squirrels? I don't think my mare is used to them and I just discovered the new place I'm at has lots of them. I'm afraid she will get a hoof caught and panic.

And there is a foal on the way, so very concerned. Afraid foal may break a leg.

Not my house (I rent room) but woman loves animals amd their safety is paramount to her. Any expereinces/suggestions would help. I live in central California. Lots of ground squirrels here. She said she would trap them, but I don't know if that will do it.

And-Any ideas about filling them up? Any comments are welcome. Thank-you.
 

Catherine Owen
Yearling
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 87
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cheryl,
You need to trap/shoot/poison or whatever as many of those ground squirrels as possible to get rid of them. Fill those holes up!

I was raised out in Texas and we had horrid "prairie dogs" that were the bane of all farmers and ranchers. Little nasty suckers would dig holes in the ground just the right size for cattle and/or horses to stick a foot/leg into and severely injure themselves (fractures were not uncommon). Also the darn things carry bubonic plague, fleas, etc.

They are just a furry rodent with a cuter tail!
 

Laurie A Beltran
Yearling
Username: Prophecy_ranch

Post Number: 86
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 08:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cheryl,
I hate to tell you this, unless you get done to getting rid of them as soon as possible you will find a whole lot more holes! I live in East County of San Diego and thought oh those Squirrels are cute within a few months I had holes everywhere! I tryed the traps they got smart wouldn't go near them I had to give them thier last dinner (bait laced with?) I spend over 200.00 for the month but I took them out I have noticed this season another one so I will have to take action. If you wait it gets tougher!

Ps-One of my mares stepped in one of thier holes luckly she pulled herself out!

Good Luck!
 

Cheryl Johnson
Nursing Foal
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 01:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank-you all! The landlord has consented to letting me "gas" them, so today, I'm getting the stuff I need. I was so concerned. Of course, I'm sure more will move in, but I'll keep at it.



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