Post by rosemaryhannah on May 14, 2006 17:25:59 GMT 1
Country children of the pre-war generation (who were often hungry) used to eat the hawthorn leaves and call it 'bread and cheese'.
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What you've got is natures bounty, our pasture has natural hedges which is lovingly 'tended' by all our horses and ponies! It's very rare that horses will eat anything poisonous anyway, only when they have b*gger all else left to go at will they attempt it. It's great to watch them browsing the ehdgerows and is an indicator of what their bodies need at that particualr time - Rosemaryhannah - I remembr the 'bread and cheese' thing too! emw x
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Ditto EMW. What I have learned lately is that the dried stuff in the hedgerows over winter is 'natures hay'. (providing, obviously, you are sure there are no nastys in there) all those dried grasses and weeds, (and they love cleavers, fresh or dried) are what they would pick at over the winter if we werent here to feed them yummy hay lol
Horse eat a variety of grasses and nibble at lots of natural shrubs and hedges and wildflowers. A rough pasture to forage (barring poisonous & inedible weeds) is better that a smooth grass only lawn type field.
Yep, just posted on another thread about my two, they happily graze on the hedgerows even in the grass arena which is really lush at the moment, they both prefer to giraffe on the hedge and trees surrounding it.
Definately natures larder...all good stuff especially hawthorn which has blood thinning properties...my lot have a new field so we now have twice as much grazing (hurrah!) and it's great horse grass, not over produced and full of interesting stuff and they still have their heads in the hedges!! Horses are cool; they know what they need...