What grass types are best for horse grazing?
- Mole Valley Farmer's Pony Paddock mixture has been specifically designed for ponies and horses. It contains approximately 50% timothy, meadow fescue and creeping red fescue to produce an extremely persistent, dense and hard wearing sward. The remaining 50% are productive perennial ryegrasses. Agricultural mixtures of grass seed should be avoided as these contain higher sugar, higher protein grasses which can result in obese horses and laminitis. A herb mix of 1 to 2kg/acre can also be added to the ley, adding valuable trace elements and minerals to the diet.
- For haylage chose Mole Valley Farmer's medium term cutting ley for horses which contains a mixture of productive Italian Ryegrasses, hybrid and perennial ryegrass together with some timothy and meadow fescue. This will produce large quantities of haylage for 3 to 4 years before it needs to be reseeded or overseeded.
On areas prone to drought, poor drainage or shade, do I need different grasses?
The same mixtures are recommended for these areas but it may be worthwhile draining/ditching wet fields. Overhanging trees and hedges may also need to be cut back. Drought conditions will obviously limit grass growth; it may be worthwhile looking at sub soiling land to increase depth of grass root growth to reduce the impact on grass growth in dry spells.