Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
With autumn just around the corner this is a good time to think about giving your grazing a helping hand. In nature, grasses seed during the summer and will germinate in the autumn when it rains. They will put in some growth and be ready to make seed heads next year. So, if your grazing has some bald areas that need re-seeding, September is a good month to do it and our Natural Grazing Mix is a good one to do it with! This is based on a wide range of native type grasses and is totally free from Ryegrass. We don’t like Ryegrass because it can fix more sugar than other grasses and can also produce nitrites which mess with the gut microbes. Increasingly, research is showing that Ryegrass is not the “good” grass it has previously been cracked up to be and should certainly be avoided for horses or ponies that are prone to laminitis.
To give your grass a helping hand, it needs good soil to grow in. Correct pH and encourage deeper rooting with Equine Calcified Plus, which can be applied at any time but especially when the grass is short, as could well be the case this end of the grazing season. You will need 5 x 20kg bags to the acre and it will last for 2 years. It can be spread by hand or with a standard fertiliser spinner.
These two products will help you provide suitable grazing for your equines, with a longer grazing season than more productive grasses, less spring flush and reduced risk of problems.