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.
by Denis Lindsell
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It is possible to identify 5 main soil groups in the UK by digging a hole and looking at the soil "profile"
to a depth of about 1 metre.
A soil type showing either a gradual change in colour or more obvious ‘horizons’,
with evidence of unrestricted root growth and earth worm activity to a good depth.
A soil showing the reluctance of plant roots or earthworms to enter the grey coloured
water logged soil.
A highly leached sandy textured acid soil, where nutrients have been washed out
of the upper layers possibly depositing them in a hard layer inpenetrable to plant roots.
A soil overlying chalk. There will usually be a layer of brown coloured
topsoil with virtually pure white chalk below.
A soil with a high organic or 'peaty' content. Usually quite fertile and moisture
retentive but can be acidic, especially if there is underlying rock as on moorland. There could be a drainage problem
- the peat has developped bucause organic material has not been broken down as quickly as it has been deposited,
possibly due to water logging (see gley, above).