Horse paddocks




Horses place high demands on pastures.

The selective grazing behaviour of the animals and the deep root damage compared to other animals require extremely robust turf capable of regeneration.

Also the horse owner can ensure the satisfying, high quality growth by managing his pastures. Among other, this includes root care, subsequent sowing, weed control as well as life stock density adapted to the area and usage purpose.

Basis for high quality horse paddocks are optimally composed grass mixtures with types and varieties extensively suitable for this type of animal and an extensive area at the location.

The grass mixture is important.

If the pastures are mainly intended for grazing, it is important to ensure a high component of grasses in the mixture which ensures lasting root density with good impact resistance. High grade growth quality with tasty grasses in spring and summer with simultaneously good re-growth ability of the root until far into autumn should also be achieved. Our tip: PremiumSaat Derby pasture usage. It requires a balanced basic nutrient supply at medium N-fertiliser demand.

If meadow mowing is also planned on the horse paddocks, the focus is on the achievement of a high grade hey/silage harvest particularly during the first spring growth. It is important to obtain a feed structure suitable for horses with optimal nutrition content and high mass yield at the same time. An adapted pasture mixture is available for this purpose as well, which also allows high re-growth performance for further cuts or grazing. Our tip: PremiumSaat Derby permanent meadow. Increased fertilisation in spring promotes the feed quality and re-growth behaviour.

Both above mentioned mixtures are suitable for the new establishment of horse paddocks as well as certain secondary seed measures.

In the event of fear of laminitis being triggered during grazing in case of susceptible horses under certain circumstances (feed-related laminitis), a special type composition of the pasture may have a positive effect.

Grass mixtures with a high component of low-fructan grasses allow this. They provide a high component of grasses which react more restrained in the fructan formation and are very suitable for the establishment of pastures with extensive usage, e.g. for small horses. However, the fructan content of the grass growth depends on a variety of further factors (e.g. weather, time of usage) so that it is not possible to guarantee a low fructan content merely by the grass mixture. Our tip: PremiumSaat Derby pasture usage low-fructan; reduced, adjusted fertilisation is recommended with respect to the fructan reduction, the entire omission of fertilisation in this context is not recommended.

  • PremiumSaat Derby pasture usage

    seed mixture especially designed for horse paddocks with excellent taste, lasting root density and very good impact resistance for severely stressed horse pastures


    • 60% German ryegrass
    • 15% timothy grass
    • 15% smooth stalk meadow grass
    • 10% red fescue

    Seed density: 40 kg/ha

    Sowing time: Mid-March to end of September

  • PremiumSaat Derby pasture usage low fructan*

    Derby pasture usage with a high component of low fructan grasses


    • 5% German ryegrass, early flowering, diploid
    • 5% German ryegrass, medium-late flowering, tetraploid
    • 5% German ryegrass, late flowering, diploid
    • 20% smooth stalk meadow grass
    • 35% timothy grass
    • 15% smooth stalk meadow grass
    • 15% red fescue, variety generating runners

    Seed density: 40 kg/ha

    Sowing time: Mid-March to end of September

    *Fructan (sugar associations) are suspected to promote laminitis in case of

    susceptible horses (feed-related laminitis). As well as the grass types, the

    fructan contents are also depended on a variety of further factors

    (e.g. weather, time of usage) so that it is not possible to guarantee a lower fructan content

    by a grass mixture alone.

  • PremiumSaat Derby permanent meadow

    Special seed mix for hey and silage production for horse feed

    high mass yield

    good fodder structure (optimal raw fibre content)

    high re-growth performance


    • 25% German ryegrass, medium-late flowering, tetraploid
    • 20% German ryegrass, early flowering, diploid
    • 25% smooth stalk meadow grass
    • 20% timothy grass
    • 10% smooth stalk meadow grass

    Seed density:40 kg/ha

    Sowing time: Mid-March to end of September

  • PremiumSaat Derby secondary seed

    Secondary seed in horse paddocks with open gaps (10 to 30 % voids)

    Impact resistant, with lawn type German ryegrass

    Assertively growing, with early flowering German ryegrass

    • 25% German ryegrass, early flowering
    • 25% German ryegrass, medium-late flowering
    • 25% German ryegrass, late flowering
    • 25 % German ryegrass, lawn type

    Seed density: 8 – 20 kg/ha, depending on condition

    Sowing period: March to September