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.
Much of your horse’s diet comes from the paddocks they are kept in. So whilst it is difficult to ensure your grass is always balanced for nutrients, it is quite within most budgets to ensure it is a live and healthy source of fibre and basic nutrition. Keeping the pH in the correct range and ensuring the soil profile is aerated are the two basic jobs which make the most difference. We can help with advice in these areas and supply most of your needs.
Have a look at the following products for improving your paddock. Feel free to give us a call if you would like to know more!
Equine Calcified Plus
This combines all the benefits of the natural sources of calcium and magnesium and the Marinure liquid seaweed in one granule. It raises the soil pH, flocculates the clay particles, adds trace elements and stimulates the roots. Being a granule, it spreads more easily through spinners and is active more quickly in the soil. Most fields need 4 bags per acre every other year, but check your pH first. This product can be applied throughout most of the year.
Drought Resistant Grazing Mix
Also a ryegrass free blend, containing a combination of hardy and creeping grass species and varieties best suited to keeping your sward intact and repairing the sward after heavy use. The drought resistant mix also has the benefit of coping better in free draining soils or spells of drier weather. It can be used on its own as a sward for free draining soil at a rate of 1.5 bags per acre, or top up an existing sward, or in combination with our Paddock Grazing Mix
Paddock Grazing Mix
This is a ryegrass free blend of grass species and varieties which are high in fibre and less digestible. They include a combination of hardy and creeping species best suited to keeping your sward intact and repairing the sward after heavy use. These more traditional species are a little more expensive but are more suitable for equines than the more highly “improved” species and varieties used in modern agriculture. In addition we have added a legume for its mineral rich content and its soils improvement characteristics but it is also known to be safe for horses.