Friday, June 18, 2010

Reseeding the Pasture

I've been watering the pasture like crazy and keeping the horses out of there in hopes of helping it to reseed itself naturally. Ironically, the lushest locations are the circular spots where the horses likes to pee. First the urine kills the grass, but by the following spring the grass grows back with a vengeance.

Most of the stalks have seeded, but there are also weeds and clover growing in the weaker spots. I'm just letting it go wild at the moment and will work on weeding soon. This is the locust tree that the horses like the shred with their teeth...

It looks like it is dead, but upon closer inspection it does appear to be trying to bloom...

I've watered so much that mushrooms are growing...

Here's a patch of clover with white flowers. I know that some clover is bad for horses, just like some locust trees are bad for horses, but this type appears to be low risk from what I've researched...

6 comments:

Katharine Swan said...

I looked up the clover thing because I've heard too that it can be a problem, yet Panama seems to really like it. This forum thread says that most clover is okay:

http://www.horseadvice.com/horse/messages/3/53806.html

And this page gives some information on alsike clover, which apparently CAN be toxic to horses:

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=5101

Looking at some pictures of alsike clover, I'm pretty sure there is some of it in the yard at the barn where I let Panama graze sometimes. However, I don't think a few bites will hurt him. The second link says that horses can show signs of toxicity with "as little as 20% alsike clover in the diet," implying that less than 20 percent probably doesn't cause any problems. :o)

Sydney_bitless said...

Did you know that where horses pee and poop are usually a) the deepest grass/plants so the urine wont splash on their legs or b) a plant that they find either unpalatable or less palatable than other plants. They do the second one in their natural way to eliminate the plants they do not like during the grazing season so hopefully something else might grow there better.

Looks like you have some alsike clover there. I would be wary of it if it starts taking over the grass/growing in bigger patches than that. It can cause some issues. My one barn we had a gelding that got alsike clover poisoning. Not pretty.

Anonymous said...

Looks like white clover to me. Alsike has branched stems with the flowers on and pink within the white of the blossoms. Just google a picture of it and you can see the difference.

Sandra said...

Hi there. I was browsing through blogger by using the 'next blog' feature and came upon you. I also have Arabian horses, so you peaked my interest.

My experience with clover has been that during wet years a rather harmless mold will grow on it. It does cause horses who ingest it to 'slobber'. They will drool buckets, but it is not harmful. The first time you see it though, it is a yikes moment. If it is baled in hay it will also cause this.

Nice to meet you.

fernvalley01 said...

Alsike clover can cause liver toxicity , and can manifest as "scratches or sunburn"That small amount doesn't look serious and I can't tell from the pic if it is Alsike clover

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

You're so lucky to have a nice pasture area for your horses to graze. We have none and not enough water or rain to keep it green anyway.
Everything is dry and brown here right now. Even the grass that we did get this Spring is already dried up and of poor nutritional value. We have to feed hay all year here.

Your horses are going to love that green lush grass.
~Lisa