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

 


 

Spear Thistle - Cirsium vulgare


Growth Habit

Biennial, deep tap root, rosette of leaves in 1st yr., tall flower stem 2nd yr.

Encouraged by

Low soil fertility, under grazed pasture in summer, bare soil in spring allowing seeds to germinate.

Physical Control

Cut before flowering to stop the production of seed (which can be large in number and easily spread by wind).
Where numbers are low, spear thistle can be effectively dug out with a narrow spade.

Chemical Control

MCPA used on actively growing seedlings is effective, with reduced effectivity at later stages. Due to the bieenial nature of the spear thistle, chenical control two years running should give increased effectivity.

Toxicity

None


Spear Thistle is covered by the Weed Act of 1959 and you can be forced by law to eradicate these.