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Discussion in 'Horse Care' started by Jessey, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    This year I am determined to make use of the autumn and get out and do some foraging and drying of bits for the winter months.

    I will get nettles, hawthorn leaf, rosehips and willow, what else is there?
     
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  2. Kite_Rider

    Kite_Rider Cantering cabbage!

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    Apples and blackberries :)
    I'm off later today to go pick a few bits, Belle loves rose hips and nettle best.
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    My neighbor has an orchard heavy with apples, I will ask him if I can pinch a few :D My 2 won't eat blackberries, strange animals!
     
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  5. Jane&Ziggy

    Jane&Ziggy Learning together!

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    Plantains are good and there are loads out there now. Dandelions, leaf if you can get fresh looking ones (they often have another go at this time) and the root is really excellent too and easy to pull from your sandy ground.
     
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    I have loads of plantain in my lawn at home :D and dandelion I think. Just hoping for a dry day to get out there and not be miserable.
     
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    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    There are a few houses that put buckets out to help yourselves to.
    Blackberries she can select a growing in the field. She didn't seem interested to stop and pick any.
    Seen Rosehips but will need to look up what to do.
    Thistles are just in the way out if yours easy those.
    Dandelion lots out there.

    Do you ride out or lead out? We haven't done any inhand hacking this year. I get such odd looks but my guess you could be foraging yourself and not with the bag/ bucket.
     
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    I wasn't planning on taking her with me, just going out myself and collecting then drying everything at home for use over the winter once the bits in the field have died back
     
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    I've also just been reading up on pumpkins :D my neddies are in for a treat this Halloween season :D I'll chop and dry some of that too and apparently you can sprout the seeds.
     
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    I was only just thinking I should pick some rose hips for ours. The birds are loving them too.
     
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  11. Jane&Ziggy

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    Rosehips are fantastic to dry if you can get them. You can put them on a baking tray or cooling rack in your airing cupboard until they desiccate, if you don't have a dehydrator.

    Some horses find whole dried reships quite heavy going to eat. If your is not a champion chewer you may want to chop them in half (or quarters) before you dry them. They are impossible to cut after!
     
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    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    Can you feed them fresh with the insides taken out? Or are the seeds left in.
    I just have visions of all this work and her just glancing at it and then at me.
    She says no to a few things despite giving the impression of a commercial dustbin.
     
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    You can feed them fresh just as they are. Ziggy loves them, Mattie spits them out!
     
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    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    Will try as I ride past them all the time.
    She didn't even try the Bosweilla I have a brand new tub of the stuff now! Debating on what to do with it, or keep for winter.
     
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    I just offered mine from the bush as I picked them last year - Storm was mildly keen, I seem to remember Chloe very keen. We shall see what Zi makes of them!!! (He does love his treats!!)
     
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    Ooh I love an excuse to buy a pumpkin at Halloween:D
     
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    Sloes! I'm making sloe gin and squash chutney this weekend (I've grown some absolute monsters this year!)
     
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    You can sprout pumpkin seeds for sure, but they are lovely toasted and put into bread or muffins or just eaten!

    ETA if you remember the X files, Mulder was always nibbling on a bag of pumpkin seeds....
     
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    Seen these but letting the birds have them. I am taking their Rosehips if she likes them.
     
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    I can see why horses like rosehip now, my friend and myself tried one last night after I'd been picking, they are a bit like an apple, sharp, but sweet....obviously we didn't eat the hairy seeds.
     
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    Indeed they are related to apples, look at a crab apple. Similar!
     
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