If you have a horse, you likely know how crucial it is for Silver to have ample turnout time, and be able to graze. This is a natural behavior for horses, and is really important for your horse’s health and well-being. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure your pasturage is safe and sufficient. A local Wichita, KS vet offers some tips on this below.
Even if you think you have pretty good pasturage, we recommend doing a soil test. This can happen any time after the last frost, once the ground is dry. The results can help you determine how often you need to fertilize and/or add nitrogen.
If your soil does need nitrogen, you may want to consider adding legumes, such as alfalfa. These also help with distributing forage in warmer months.
Use Proper Techniques
You may grow grass by just scattering seeds, but it’s better to do it properly. No-till drilling is a good way to add seed to new or existing pastures. You can also opt for sod, though it will take time to get established. Do your research before deciding.
Choose The Right Species
Did you know that there are over 12,000 kinds of grass? These are not one-size-fits-all! A seed mix made for lawns isn’t going to withstand the onslaught of your hooved buddies treating it like a salad bar. Bluegrass is of course a favorite in these parts. Orchard grass is another good option. You can also add some clover, though you don’t want to go overboard with it. Ask your vet or a local farmer for tips.
Overgrazing is one of the worst things you can do for your land. Not only does it strip nutrients from the soil, it also becomes a bit of a downward spiral. If land is being overused, Silver is more likely to pull grass out by the root. This actually slows regrowth: the closer to the root the grass is ripped, the longer it takes to grow back. Plus, your horse will ingest more sand and dirt, which can potentially increase the possibility of colic. Divide your land up into sections, and rotate Silver through them. It’s also best to have one extra that you use only occasionally.
Do you have questions about caring for your horse? Contact us, your Wichita, KS animal clinic!