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Sara    Posted 07-09-2002 at 17:21:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, The post about the colicky donkey got me thinking . . . We don't have horses now, but are planning to have our facility ready for some in a couple of years. We are wondering if we should sow any particular kinds of grasses on what will be our horse pastures (alphalfa, blue grass?). We're not sure what to sow & we don't want to make it too rich, if that will founder the horses. All suggestions will be really, really appreciated.

Saddlebum    Posted 07-09-2002 at 20:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Agree with LH; it really depends on what will grow in your area. One thing about alfalfa to watch out for, though--in certain geographic areas, certain times of the year, it is the nesting place of choice for the deadly blister beetle. (for instance, here in Oklahoma) You don't want either live or dead blister beetles in your horse's forage...just a few of the bugs will kill a grown horse. Additionally, you don't want to put a horse on alfalfa pasture, as it has an extremely high protien and calcium content. Better to use as hay, and even then, only a smidge of alfalfa is necessary. Technically alfalfa is considered a "legume" rather than a grass, I think? Bermuda is one good grass for horses; timothy, brome, orchard grass, too...see what your area and soil will support. Maybe even fescue, but don't use it if you will be feeding pregnant mares with the grass--it is linked to pre-natal problems, stillborns and other nasties. Avoid sudan and johnson grass.

Hope this helps! :)

Sara    Posted 07-10-2002 at 16:33:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]

LH    Posted 07-09-2002 at 17:57:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
check with foks in your area to see what grows the best and is reccomended for horses. I have a mix of orchard, rye, and brome, and it works well.

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