Derby horse pastures

Solutions for challenging animal palates

Grassland management for horse pastures can be tricky. The sward needs to be hard-wearing, the grass varieties must be to the animals’ liking and the sward needs to remain stable. We’ll provide you with the right solutions for challenges such as these.

Derby Pferdewiesen (horse pastures)

The basis for a high quality horse pasture is optimally compiled grass mixes with species and varieties that are suitable for horses to graze on. This is because horses expect high standards from grassland. They graze selectively and have a deep bite in comparison to other species. This requires extremely robust, regenerative sward. Horse owners can ensure high-quality growth by paying attention to sward care, overseeding, weed control and an occupation density matched to the land and the type of end use during grassland management. The basis for a high-quality horse pasture are optimally composed grass mixes with species and varieties that are suitable for this animal species and a wide range of locations.

PremiumSaat mixes in brief

For sports, work and breeding horses – seeding mix specially designed for horse pastures with high palatability, lasting sward density and excellent tread resistance for heavily used horse pastures.

  • 25% German rye grass, mid-late flowering
  • 35% German rye grass, late flowering
  • 15% timothy grass
  • 15% common meadow grass
  • 10% creeping red fescue

Sowing density: 40 kg/ha

Seeding time: mid-March to end of September

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For small breeds, such as Shetland ponies and Icelandic horses, or horses which move little; mix for reseeding horse pastures with a high proportion of low-fructan grasses.

  • 5% German rye grass, early flowering
  • 5% German rye grass, mid-late flowering
  • 5% German rye grass, late flowering
  • 5% German rye grass, late flowering
  • 20% meadow fescue
  • 35% timothy grass
  • 15% common meadow grass
  • 15% creeping red fescue

Sowing density: 40 kg/ha

Seeding time: mid-March to end of September

* Fructans (sugar compounds) are suspected to cause laminitis in susceptible horses (feeding-related laminitis). Besides the grass variety, fructan contents of grassland crops are dependent on a large number of other factors such as the weather or the time of use, meaning that grass mix alone cannot guarantee a low-fructan content.

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Special sowing mix for hay and silage harvesting for horse feed combines high mass yield with good feed structure (optimal crude fibre content) and high regrowth performance.

  • 20% German rye grass, early flowering
  • 25% German rye grass, mid-late flowering
  • 25% meadow fescue
  • 20% timothy grass
  • 10% common meadow grass

Sowing density: 40 kg/ha

Seeding time: mid-March to end of September

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Competitive overseeding mix for patchy horse pastures (10–30% patches), hard-wearing with grass type.

  • 25% German rye grass, early flowering
  • 25% German rye grass, mid-late flowering
  • 25% German rye grass, late flowering
  • 25% German rye grass, grass type

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

Seeding time: March to September

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