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Sunday, 17 February 2013

What Cactus you may see on the trail

Jumping Cholla this is one of the main reasons to carry a comb will riding the trails in Arizona. These end bits can jump off the cactus just from the vibration of the horse moving past. If you do get one stuck to you put a comb under it can pull off quick. 

This is barrel cactus. It is pretty harmless unless you rub up against it. 

Hedge Hog Cactus is low to the ground you always want to watch the trail for this it can get stuck right up into your horses hoof wall. Also check you horse once you get back from your ride for little barbs that may be stuck in legs. 

Ocotillo is like a tree cactus it gets little leaves in the spring and will flower. Pretty harmless unless you get too close. Everything in Arizona has little 

Pear cactus has tiny little needles that are hard to see to remove so keep your distance.

Teddy Bear cactus

Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) These cactus are what Arizona is all about just breathtaking in real life.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Is there any reason why horses should not live in pastures among cactus? Is it important if they are living in a desert climate to somehow remove the cactus from the pasture or do the horses know how to avoid the occasional cactus?