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    10-15-2012, 11:32 AM
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Foal
Is annual Rye OK to overseed with?

Hello everyone,

I live on the coast of North Carolina. We have two QHs on just less than an acre. The pasture is a mixture of common Bermuda and what looks like Zoysia, and then a little clover and crab grass. They have all the hay they want and after 2 months the pasture looks great still. However our growing season is coming to an end. I was thinking about over seeding for the winter with annual rye. I have done this in the past just to have the lush lawn during the winter, so I know it will grow well.
Iíve done some research and it looks like people do it all over. I was all set, but then ran across a few post that said their horses had problems (swollen cheeks?). That forum did say that they turned their horses out over night. We do not shut our horses up at night. I was thinking that they would get introduced to the rye as it started to come up so they would have a chance to get use to it.
Is there any reason I should not over seed with annual rye?
     
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    10-15-2012, 01:09 PM
  #2
dee
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We routinely overseed with annual rye in the fall, and have never had a problem with our horses. Don't know if it's just because we've been very lucky, or if having a problem really isn't the norm.

We have been working on rehabbing our pasture for the last couple of years, and it's very slow going - but our early spring and fall/winter pasture always does well thanks to the annual rye...
     
    10-15-2012, 08:05 PM
  #3
Yearling
Rye grass saved our tails last winter. We had about 200 square bales in the barn for the upcoming winter to feed our 4 horses, but we decided to go ahead and plant our 15 acre field with rye for the first time ever to help milk those bales as long as we could. Then the unthinkable happened to us last November and our barn, our shop, our garage and almost our house (which were all connected) burned down. Of course the hay went with it. The horses spent their entire winter on that rye grass field and we had 15 square bales and 1 round bale donated to us. We made it through the entire winter on this and my equine children were fatter coming out of a winter than they ever had before. And since the fire took part of our dry lot fence, I had absolutely nothing to put them up in at night. They spent 24/7 on that field until about May when we finally got most of everything rebuilt. So we just got through planting that field with rye again. Spending $200 on 8-10 bags of rye seed is way cheaper than the cost of hay for an entire winter. I say go for it! As with spring grass or changing feed, do it slowly at first if you can. Start them an hour or two in the beginning and increase it by 30 min-an hour every day or so. But in our case, the fire happened about 2 weeks after we introduced them to the rye field and then they were forced on it full time from there and no one had any issues.
     
    10-15-2012, 08:11 PM
  #4
Yearling
Rye planter here, too! We plant rye every fall and they get turned out on it every few days until it starts to die in May from the TX heat. Never had a problem - horses love it - mine eat their fill, then sleep under the canopy of the trees -

I also buy enough round bales of coastal/rye mix (in the spring) to last me thru the following year. The rye keeps them bulked up without getting too fat, and that's all they eat in the summer - free choice.

Rye is a GREAT idea! Plus, if anything, it sure does look pretty with all of that green in the dead of winter when everything else is dead or brown. It is a great grass to plant up around the yard/near the house and keep mowed - very pretty grass.
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    10-15-2012, 08:21 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by clippityclop    
Rye planter here, too! We plant rye every fall and they get turned out on it every few days until it starts to die in May from the TX heat. Never had a problem - horses love it - mine eat their fill, then sleep under the canopy of the trees -

I also buy enough round bales of coastal/rye mix (in the spring) to last me thru the following year. The rye keeps them bulked up without getting too fat, and that's all they eat in the summer - free choice.

Rye is a GREAT idea! Plus, if anything, it sure does look pretty with all of that green in the dead of winter when everything else is dead or brown. It is a great grass to plant up around the yard/near the house and keep mowed - very pretty grass.
Totally agree and its sooooo easy to plant. When we were new at it and asked someone's advice they said "awwww just sweep it off the bed of your truck, give it a good kick with the side of your boot and you're good to go". He wasn't kidding! Of course we do put a little more effort into it than that, but I kid you not, some of it got caught on the grill rail of our tractor where leftover grass clippings kind of composted and the stuff sprouted. LOL! I also thought it was an annual and needed to be replanted but we actually had areas come back this year that we didn't reseed.
     
    10-16-2012, 10:27 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Never heard of horses having a problem with Rye. My guess is those horses were bothered by something else.

For you Rye lovers out there, I'm from grass seed capital where most that Rye is grown(I grew up a grass seed farmer but we ended up going broke in the 80's). The farmers plant Rye and when it starts coming up they put sheep on it to winter and fatten up on. Sheep are weighed coming off the truck and again in the spring when they are pulled off the field. The farmer gets paid per pound gain by the person who owns those sheep. They then harvest the seed and sell that, win win for the farmer.
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    10-17-2012, 09:03 AM
  #7
Foal
Thanks for your help

Thank you everyone. Looks like Iíll be planting rye this weekend. I really like this forum. I have local friends that are horse people, but itís nice for a newcomer to be able to tap a good well of knowledge like this.
     

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