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post #11 of 13 Old 01-03-2014, 02:18 PM
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The land that my horse is kept on is also podzolic. The grasses that seem to grow well are the so called "weed grasses" like meadow foxtail and our land owner NEVER limes or reseeds. They are great for waterlogged conditions and are some of the best varieties for horses since they don't naturally eat high quality forage.
I agree with the comments about working the land through Winter. Your field will most likely have VERY bad drainage!

I'll find some info grasses. :)
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-03-2014, 02:35 PM
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Irish Grasses - Meadow Fox-tail Meadow foxtail (It says in the description that it avoids waterlogged areas but it is really hardy)
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Yorkshire fog - Weed information - Organic Weed Management Yorkshire fog, probably the best option out of the three for suitability to the soil!

I would definitely add clover because it has nitrogen fixing bacteria that will fertilise the soil. :)
And if you want to avoid poaching and selective eating, the horses could strip graze. If you don't know about it, quote this and ask so I will be notified or message me. :)
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-05-2014, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the advice!

Fortunately we actually don't have any standing water issues. The paddock is situated adjacent to a steep ravine at the bottom of which flows a creek, so rainfall will naturally flow out towards the ravine. Our soil IS fairly compacted however, and may have a fair clay content.
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