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Pasture weed killer that is safe for horses

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by rileyboy, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. lvmypnt

    lvmypnt Senior Member+

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    We use ForeFront. The horse can actually graze while your spraying it.
     
  2. MysticsAbi

    MysticsAbi Senior Member+

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    Yep we use this...works GREAT! We use it on weeds and blackberry bushes when they grow places we dont want them!:)
     
  3. rileyboy

    rileyboy Senior Member+

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    Can't find any Roundup that is livestock safe... Help?

    Is graze-on really $100!? OUCH!
     
  4. Temeraire

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    Livestock safe weed killer is not cheap. ;)
     
  5. X5FARRIER

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    We use some stuff called chapparrel down here works great on non woody type plants. It gets a better kill rate and last longer then roundup does. I do not know if its restricted in california as yall have some weird enviromental restrictions over there.
     
  6. tlwidener

    tlwidener Senior Member

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    All Roundup is safe, IMO.

    It's a very very very very safe product. I wouldn't hesitate to use in my horse pasture (I have used it numerous times with no ill effect.)

    You can make Roundup work a little faster with a quicker burn down by using water conditioners and a little fertilizer. That will make it "hot"
     
  7. Riosdad

    Riosdad Full Member

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    We spray roundup in the fields with the horses. Our vet said it was safe and actually helps digestion. Roundup kills everything so be sure to selectively spray only the weeks and leave the grass alone.
     
  8. tlwidener

    tlwidener Senior Member

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    Yup, Roundup is definitely a broad spectrum herbicide. It will kill both grass and broadleaf weeds.

    If you're wanting a more grass friendly herbicide look for Ally, Banvel, 2,4D, MCPA, Express, Harmony, or Starane. Starane is very very good on kochia and sort of good on Pigweed species.

    Most of the chemicals I have listed are available only if you have a private pesticide applicator's license. A commercial applicator will be able to get all those though. A commercial applicator will charge a per acre fee that will cover both the application cost and the chemical cost. I'd guess it could be done for less than $15 per acre.

    If you're curious about safety issues feel free to search for MSDS sheets for the products. Roundup's generic name is Glyphosate. Here is a link for several MSDS (materia data safety sheet:) http://159.121.125.11/FP/Chem/Labels&MSDS.htm
     
  9. Shahkheem

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    Just a caution when using either Grazon or Forefront..these are Dow chemicals and they work great and farmers like them for the residual killing effect. However, any manure from horses that have grazed in these treated pastures CANNOT be used in gardens or around shrubs or trees..it will stay in manure piles and not breakdown for up to 3 years..needs sun to break down...will kill your veggies!
     
  10. redhorseridge

    redhorseridge Senior Member

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    We use CrossBow in our pasture. You can buy it here without a license. It is safe for livestock immediately after application (but we always wait a week or until after it rains). It won't kill grass (like RoundUp) but will kill multifloral rose, poison ivy, brambles, all broadleaf weeds, etc.

    Here's the description:
    Crossbow is a postemergent product that targets woody plants and brush such as blackberries and poison oak, as well as annual and perennial broadleaves, while leaving grasses unharmed. Crossbow achieves excellent control of woody plants and brush and can be applied by all types of sprayers, from hand-held models to tractor-mounted spray rigs. Except for lactating dairy animals there are no grazing restrictions following the application of Crossbow Herbicide. Crossbow is rainfast within two hours after application.
     

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