Is it safe to spread grass seed in your horses paddock while he’s living in it?
- zephania666Lv 71 month ago
If you get the UNTREATED kind, it should be safe.
Completely useless, but safe.
Grass has to establish for at least a year before you let horses on it. Their hooves kill any leftover yummy seedlings after the horse bites them off.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Where I live, we are facing this dilemma too. We need to reseed at least one of our pastures, and no, we will not be putting the horses on it when we do this. Why? Because they will eat the seed, which defeats the purpose of re-seeding. You need to find a way to fence off the re-seeded area, at least long enough for the grass to become established, or put your horses in a different pasture until the grass is tall enough and strong enough to tolerate their grazing it.
And Joe... Reseeding pastures in the spring and fall is a common practice in a lot of areas. It's really not much different than fertilizing them, which is something that must be done regularly if you want to have good grass.
- JoeLv 72 months ago
Seed alone (no chemicals) won't hurt your horse (unless he gets into a bag of seed).
But re-seeding a paddock in-use doesn't work. You should consider a temporary fence to split your paddock, and rebuild the turf in one part at a time.
I don't know where you live. In much of the U.S., it's the wrong time to start grass from seed, anyway. This would be a good time to contact your county agricultural extension agent, and get some information that's targeted to your climate and soil.
- Verulam 1Lv 72 months ago
I have no idea, but common sense suggests that if the paddock needs re-seeding, you should move your horse out of there to give the seed a chance to germinate, and the whole paddock a chance to recover. I can't imagine the seed would flourish if the horse is urinating on it, for starters.
Can you do this reseeding in sections, fencing off as you go?
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- pattyLv 72 months ago
don't see why not
- MarkLv 72 months ago
If you don't put artificial fertiliser in it. After all, the grass won;t grow inside your horse's stomach even if it DOES eat it...