Pasture has the potential to provide
1. The horses nutrition
2. A Safe exercise area
Potentials rarely achieved, often neglected

All information given here is believed to be correct but the author cannot be responsible for any consequences of it's use.

Pasture Management
for
Horses

by Denis Lindsell
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Grasses


Grass Ident Key

Perennial Ryegrass

Italian Ryegrass

Cocksfoot

Timothy

Smooth Stalked Meadowgrass

Rough Stalked Meadowgrass

Annual Meadowgrass

Creeping Red Fescue

Chewings Fescue

Sheeps Fescue

Crested Dogstail

Yorkshire Fog

Sweet Vernal Grass

 


 

Creaping Red Fescue Festuca rubra

Good winter hardiness
Copes with low fertility soil
Gives good bottom due to creeping habit
May not be palatable due to bristle like leaves, but is favoured by horses
Digestibility and mineral content may be low
Pure fescue sward can lead to fescue toxicity
Poor establishment

Uses for Creeping Red Fescue

Frequently used for sports turf, and horse paddocks where it produces a good hard wearing turf helped by its creeping growth habit. Unfortunately its popularity in sports turf helps to keep the price of seed high, otherwise it might be used more for horse pastures.

Physical Characeristics of Creeping Red Fescue

No auricles
Has rhizomes
Leaf blade rolled and bristle like.
Inflorescence panicle