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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Weeds

Weed Control

Ragwort

Bracken

Marestails

Nettles

Docks

Chickweed

Buttercups

Plantains

Creeping Thistle

Spear Thistle

Dandelion

St. Johns Wort

 


 

Horsetails (also known as Marestails) - Equisetum spp.


Growth Habit

Perennial, spread by rhizomes

Encouraged by

Wet acid land

Physical Control

Drainage followed by liming. Other forms of physical control have little effect - a deep rooting system rules out digging them up, and any form of cultivation is likely to break up the rhizomes but not kill them.

Chemical Control

Repeated MCPA or 2,4-D. Glyphosate has variable results due to the waxy coating the plant has.

Toxicity

Leaves, seeds and stems are toxic, containing thiaminase (breaks down thiamine causing a deficiency).

Rarely eaten fresh but has caused death of horses when in hay.


Horsetails/Marestails
Marestails