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  1. #21
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    Feb. 23, 2005
    Spotsylvania, VA


    I'm redoing much of my landscaping this year with dwarf butterfly bushes. They are on the very short list of things my goats won't eat. They grow about 3 feet tall and rarely self sow so they are not invasive like the taller ones can be.
    They also come in white and pink

    My goats also won't eat lamb's quarters. They find both daylilies and rosebushes to be very tasty
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  2. #22
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    Jan. 14, 2003


    Quote Originally Posted by Chief2 View Post
    Necropsy showed that one of the thorns had pierced through an organ in the digestive system, traveled through the bloodstream and gotten into the heart.
    Only a horse could kill themselves in that manner. I would think it would be highly unlikely to happen on a regular basis.

    I had a mare who ate a whole patch of raspberries right down to the ground. Beautiful, yummy, high producing raspberries. 10 acres of pasture and she ate the pricker bushes. I was so mad at her, for a moment I probably was wishing her to drop dead...

  3. #23
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    Feb. 6, 2012


    Will horses eat XXX?

    If you want them to, Nope.

    If you don't want them to, Yes.
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  4. #24
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    Nov. 16, 2012
    North Carolina


    Just realized that I had this problem this morning. Came outside and found newest horse had eaten 1/3 of a knock out rose bush. How does that not kill their nose and mouth? Seems like it would be very painful. Never had the other horses do this. Later I came out and he was eating leaves off the trees and my 2 "followers" were copying his lead. These horses are healthy and have proper nutrition and plenty of grass. I guess they are having fun being goats today. Hopefully, they will knock it off and no one will get a thorn in the heart (from earlier post). Knockout roses are the only plants that I seem to be able to keep alive.

  5. #25
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    Sep. 29, 2009


    Not sure on knock-out roses, BUT mine LOVE LOVE LOVE my Climbing White Dawn. I put the liquid rose food every now and then with the bug/fungus stuff in it, and they eat it any way. I quit trying to tell them no. They prune, and actually don't do damage to the rose, I do not have to prune, roses seem to love it and are bushy. But that may just be this rose due to it being a climber. My Climbing White Dawn is about 16' wide(or more), so there is lots of browsing on it to be had. I have it on a fence in my barnlot, and when I put a horse in to mow/eat/dry from a bath the first thing on the menu is all the dandelions, then the roses, then everything else - grass. Nobody has eaten it completely.

    We have wild bushy white/pale pink roses in the pasture, not sure if they eat those too. I think so. ?? But they always bloom, and are still there. Gosh they smell good too.

    Horses see a rose. It is there. They must try it. And they do. Thorns and all.

  6. #26
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    Nov. 24, 2002
    Northern KY

    Default Mine eat the roses

    Or nibble at them. Odd thing is though, the ones the horses have nibbled on now have about ten times the amount of big thorns on them than the other ones that are out of reach do.

    There is one rosebush in a hard to mow corner of the fenceline on the outside. Two of them will walk away from lush grass and clover to eat the new rosebush shoots. No idea why.


  7. #27


    SOME types of lilies are quite toxic to dogs and cats, possibly to horses as well. Other types of lilies are used in human food, lily buds are eaten in Chinese meals.

    I *think* daylilies are safe, and Oriental lilies and trumpet/easter lilies are the ones that are toxic. But do your research if you want to plant lilies.
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  8. #28
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    Dec. 1, 2007
    Gettysburg, PA


    Mine think daylillies are yummy, never had roses where the horses were. They are used in cooking quite a bit
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  9. #29
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    Sep. 29, 2009


    Horses will eat thistles, and cactus. Mules and donks too. They are just careful when they eat them. Seen it. Neat to watch them eat the thistles. They are very slow and gentle.

    Roses with thorns - they just eat around the thorns, and eat the leaves. Brats!

  10. #30
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    Sep. 5, 2011


    Quote Originally Posted by horsetales View Post
    Mine think daylillies are yummy, never had roses where the horses were. They are used in cooking quite a bit
    Not all Daylilies are safe edibles. The edible type is the good old "Ditch Lily" - the wild orange daylily found pretty much everywhere across the U.S. The modern "domesticated" daylilies that folks grow in their gardens can be quite toxic thanks to hybridization with other varieties.

    I do cook often with the dried buds of the wild type. Also known as "Golden Needles", can be purchased dried online or in pretty much any Asian market, & is a terrific addition to soups & stirfries. Authentic "Hot & Sour Soup" wouldn't be the same without it.

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