The ONLY true low-sugar horse pasture seed mix available in Australia
Are your horses getting the right nutrition?
Are you worried about your horses diet? Are grasses containing non-structural carbohydrates causing illness in your horse?
Have you considered sowing native Australian horse pasture seed mixes???
Australian native grasses are low in NSC’s and are highly palatable for horses.
You could be throwing $$$ away on vet bills every year!
Native grasses are:
- Low in NSCs to prevent laminitis
- Highly palatable
- Low maintenance
- Cost effective!
Why wait? Your horses health should not be pushed aside. Don’t wait until it’s TOO LATE!
All new Gallop Horse Pasture Seed Mix
We’ve custom selected some of the best, low NSC pasture grasses to help in the prevention of laminitis in your horses and ponies!
How to sow Gallop Horse Pasture
This mix comprises three cool season native grasses – wheat grass, wallaby grass and weeping grass all of which will germinate over the cooler months from Autumn through to mid Spring in southern Australia. They are dependant on adequate soil moisture for germination and will not germinate if the soil is dry or becomes dry. Usually during the cooler months there are few issues with adequate soil moisture as long as the seed is buried a little way into the soil.
Sometimes heavy frosts can remove moisture from the soil so you might need to be wary of sowing in mid winter if you are in an area that is prone to heavy frosts. They can also germinate during the warm months but you will need to be irrigating the seed frequently to keep a constant moisture supply around the seed.
Further info on sowing pasture grasses with success
In response to a recent email, Dr. Ian Chivers gave some great information on how to successfully sow native pasture.
“The success from sowing is strongly dependent upon the preparation that can be put in. The more weed control you have completed prior to sowing the better. Similarly the more of a seedbed created prior to sowing the better.
At one end of the spectrum there is simply sowing onto existing pasture with no seedbed preparation which will yield very few seedlings and the pasture will not change much. At the other end is full seedbed preparation involving cultivation (possibly chemical as well as mechanical) and drilling seeding into the top layer of soil – this will yield the greatest results. In between are a host of alternative methods, dragging harrows and broadcasting, broadcasting and then running sheep over to trample the seed in, mulching after broadcast, drilling over denuded areas, and so on. They all will yield intermediate results.
The key ingredients are to remove as much as possible of the existing weed burden and to create a method for getting the seed into contact with the soil, and preferably buried under 5 to 10 mm of soil. These steps are important as they will help to firstly remove weed completion to the emerging seedlings and hence to increase survival rates through to maturity. Secondly they help to keep a higher content of moisture in the soil around the seed, which for most species is the trigger for germination.
If you are sowing our Gallop horse pasture it is best sown in the cooler months when there is adequate moisture retention around the seed, so for you in WA the sowing window will extend from April until around September.
Once sown please keep the horses off the area for at least 5 months until the plants are large enough to tolerate trampling and grazing. I would encourage you to allow one season of seed production prior to grazing if that is possible.
A handy hint her is to put two pegs in the ground about 1 metre apart in a place which is typical of the paddock and where it is easy for you to examine. Into this row sow a single row of seed and bury it. This will then become your guide as to seedling germination and identification. It will tell you when your Gallop horse pasture is germinating and what the various seedlings look like. Remember they are not all going to germinate on the same day, but at least it will show you exactly what is coming up.
I hope this helps.