Questions & answers

What’s the best time for seeding a horse pasture?

Spring and early autumn are good times for seeding grassland. The soil temperature should be at least 8°C (this can be easily measured). Try to do your seeding before a rain shower is forecast. Horse Master can be seeded until the end of September, but Horse Master Hay should be seeded by 1 September at the latest.

How long should I wait before using a freshly seeded pasture?

A freshly seeded pasture cannot be used for two months. The grass must be mown at least once before it can be used for grazing. Mow the grass for the first time when it is about 15 cm long. Any bare patches should be overseeded and extra nutrients (nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus) can be applied if necessary.

How can I renovate a poor pasture that’s full of bare patches?
Overseeding is a good way of renovating swards that have become a little thin and contain bare patches. A great advantage of overseeding over reseeding is that you will be able to use your pasture sooner. Overseeding is also cheaper than seeding.

 

What’s the best time for renovating a horse pasture?

The best times for overseeding are from early February until the end of April and from early August until the end of September. You will need 40 kg of Horse Master per hectare to overseed a pasture containing many bare patches. 25 kg of Horse Master per hectare will suffice for a pasture with few bare patches.

 

Should a horse pasture be fertilised?

Fertilisation and liming are essential for keeping your horse pasture in good condition. It’s a fable that poor pastures are suitable for horses. Horses need nutrients and trace elements from grass to be able to perform properly. In poor pastures, horses moreover ingest too much sand, which greatly increases the risk of sand colic.

Which fertilisers does my horse pasture need?
The soil’s condition should be taken as the basis in formulating a fertilisation strategy. It is a good idea to have your soil analysed once every four to five years. This can be done by an institution such as BLGG (http://blgg.agroxpertus.nl/).  

Will grass cause laminitis in my horse?

The main cause of laminitis is roughage with a too high fructan content. Fructan is a carbohydrate (a type of sugar) that is produced by grass plants under the influence of sunlight. Grass plants produce particularly large amounts of fructan when nights are cold and sunlight is intense.

Does Horse Master contain fructan?
Barenbrug analyses the fructan contents of more than 70 grass varieties a year. The varieties in Horse Master contain on average less than half of the fructan that is to be found in cattle grass varieties. 

Is roughage healthy for my horse?
Hay or haylage is an important part of your horse’s rations. At least 60% of its ration must consist of roughage. The rations of horses with low energy needs may even consist entirely of roughage. Horses need roughage with a high concentration of effective fibre and a low sugar content.
Is Horse Master suitable for producing hay or silage?
Yes indeed, Horse Master grass is very suitable for producing hay or silage. But if you want to use your pasture exclusively for haymaking or producing silage we advise you to seed your pasture with Horse Master Hay. Horse Master Hay yields more grass per hectare.

What does a Horse Master Hay pasture yield?
A Horse Master Hay pasture will yield between 10 and 12 tonnes per hectare. Horse Master Hay is only suitable for hay fields. Horse Master Hay pastures cannot be used for grazing. 

In which growth stage is the grass ideal for my horse?

Grass with a height of about 15 cm has a well-balanced composition that is suitable for horses. Barenbrug advises you to offer the grass to your horses at this stage, in a rotational pasturing system comprising several (3 to 5) pastures. Allow your horses to enter the pasture as soon as the grass has grown to the right height. Allow them to graze the grass and move them on to the next pasture as soon as the grass there has reached the ideal height. You can then maintain and fertilise the grazed pasture. Such a system will ensure that your horses always get grass of the right quality while enabling you to effectively maintain your pastures.