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

 


 

Plantain - Plantago spp.


Growth Habit

Perennial. The broad leavead plantain has rounded leaves which lay flat on the ground while the ribwort plantain has narrower leaves which grow more upright.

Encouraged by

Bare land.

Physical Control

Encourage good grass growth and avoid over grazing

Chemical Control

Both MCPA and 2,4-D can be effective but grass growth to compete with the plantains would be required.

Toxicity

None, the ribwort plantain is considered to be a useful herb.

Beneficial Characteristics

Ribwort plantain has been shown to contain useful levels of protein and minerals (particularly calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and cobalt). The plants also contain anti-oxidents and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Plantains are palatable to horses and may be selctively grazed before grasses or legumes.
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