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  1. #1
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    Default I don't think horses actually eat clover.

    Has anyone else noticed that horses don't eat clover? All the ones I've observed eat around the clover. They even avoid the grass that's inside the clover area. I think that's why clover takes over fields.
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    Sorry, I've had herds and herds of horses over the years that loff clover.

    The two currently in the back yard are snarfing some down now.
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    yeah mine are attacking some clover right now in turnout



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    Oddly, when my guys did NOT wear muzzles, they seemed to avoid the clover, too, esp. the pink/red clover....now, WITH muzzles they totally scarf and nibble a clover area down to the dirt, rather than the grass....
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    Sorry, mine too love the clover! They chew it right down to the tender sweet nubs.



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    Yep, mine loves it. Especially the red.

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    Either send your horses over here, or I'll try to send you my clover. Mine don't eat it and then they get the slobbers. Yuck.
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    Clover is included in my lowland mix. It will often outgrow the grass if the pasture is over-grazed. It stays green even in the dryest weather and if there is a lot of Alsisk (sp) clover in it, it can be toxic if they eat too much. This would normally not happen if there were alternative grasses, plants, to eat.



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    That would be Alsike, excellent point Foxtrots
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    I hand-grazed Smoky every morning for an hour and a half for 2 months while he was on stall rest. With not much else to do but hold the lead rope, I had time to really notice what his grazing preferences were. He headed straight to the white clover first, and spent the first ten or fifteen minutes scarfing up as much as he could. Then, he'd spend the next hour eating grass. The last fifteen minutes, he'd start to slack of the grass and begin doing more browsing - a bit of plantain here, some seedtops from a plant I can't identify, intermixed with a bit more clover and grass.

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    Our gelding pasture has white clover. They eat it, they slobber. Usually all over me BTW they have free access to nice bermuda hay

    I have one gelding that loves acorns. He cheaks swelled up like a toad one year (he was vetted and is fine). No one else will touch them.



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    Clover is ALL that my girls will eat if given a lawn with patches of it.



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    We've got white clover in the field now and I think that either they are not eating it, or at least they are certainly not eating all of it, as there is plenty to be seen.



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    I was laughing at one of mine today. He was inhaling the clover systematically left to right then back again right to left. Efficiently he decimated one patch after another.



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    I was laughing at mine yesterday too. I have been hand grazing him due to his stall rest (see thread entitled "25 stitches later"), and have to consciously guide him AWAY from the clover. He tries to casually veer away from the lush, long blades of green grass to grab any scrap of clover he can. He is a clover junkie.
    Last edited by 2boys; May. 21, 2010 at 09:45 PM. Reason: punctuation error :)



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    The horses on my farm love clover, especially my friend's Freisian. He had a big case of the slobbers and managed to dump a big mouthful of clover slobber mixed with chewed carrot bits down the back of the farrier. The look on his face was priceless but I quickly went and got one of my husband's shirts for him.



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    My mare LOVES clover!! I try to limit it if I can cause it is a bit sweet and she could use less calories!!
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    My Horse loves clover especially purple and dandelions.
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    Are you kidding? Clover makes my horses crazy! It is like crack to them....

    Makes them as fat as pigs, very rich.



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    I was actually wondering about buttercups though. Does anyone know horses who will eat them? Mine checked them out, but wasn't interested. I wonder how they taste.



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