Paddock maintenance is an important part of caring for your horses. Your paddock is a safe place for them to exercise and feed. If it’s not properly maintained, it can quickly become run-down. Daily use alongside the ever-changing adverse weather conditions that we face means that it can become unsafe. This can make it unsuitable for your animals to stay in and if the grass deteriorates too much it will no longer be a place your horses can feed.
At Garden Supplies, we have extensive experience with paddock maintenance and it’s safe to say that we know a thing or two about looking after your pasture. We’ve put together a short guide of things to look out for:
Weeds & Dead Grass
Weeds are a common problem throughout all gardens and fields. They are inevitable but if you don’t manage them well, they can have negative effects on your paddock. Although supplementary hay bales are often placed in paddocks if the pasture is overgrazed horses may start eating the weeds. Weeds should be removed immediately to avoiding your animal consuming them. This is crucial, especially as some weeds can be poisonous.
Dead grass can also be detrimental to your paddock. Weeds can thrive on damaged areas and as already mentioned, weeds are bad for your horses.
We’re sure that you can agree that molehills not only don’t look aesthetically pleasing, soil ingested from molehills can potentially cause colic.
It is good practice to regularly level out molehills. This keeps your paddock in good condition, allowing for regrowth of disrupted grass and keeps your horses safe.
Spread & Levelling Droppings
Where there are horses, there will be horse droppings. The important thing to remember about horse manure is that it can contain parasites. If it is not handled in the right way, eggs from these parasites can hatch and contaminate pastures and nearby water and subsequently infect your horses. Manure piles will also attract other pests and are a breeding ground for flies and other types of insects.
Acting as a natural fertiliser, manure can be spread to help improve the condition of the soil. It contains nutrients that are ideal for plant growth so why not utilise this? It is important not to do this in areas where horses are likely to graze soon, just in case it does contain parasites that may harm them.
Overseeding your pasture is crucial to proper paddock maintenance. It is the process of planting seeds in an area that already has existing grass. This is done to cover patches that may have become bare from overgrazing or dead grass. It is recommended to overseed between March and September when temperatures are warm enough and your soil is likely to contain sufficient moisture for the seeds to grow.
Doing this improves pasture production and ensures that your pasture is full of fresh grass for your horses to feed off of.
How can we help with paddock maintenance?
With many years of experience maintaining paddocks, we have dealt with many problems. These issues can arise at any time and we are confident that with our expertise we can help you with your paddock maintenance. We can remove dead grass and weeds, flatten molehills and spread droppings.
If you want to find out more about how our team can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we would be more than happy to help!