I am in Coastal NC where now is a good time to grow Bermuda grass. But until I took on the horses last year, I never had a problem with (not enough) grass LOL I notice, and have researched, they do not eat the grass where they poop, and although I try to scoop it all every day, the areas I miss they avoid like the plague. (yet the grass is lush!!) Also, we took down our above ground pool last year and have a 24 foot diameter of sand that I'd like to also plant as I am re-seeding their main pasture.
So my question is, should I use manure to fertilize this new grass seed, or will the horses not eat it? I have been told about the growth of this grass from the dealer, to give it time to grow roots before allowing them to eat it, but will they eat it if I use manure? I know it will speed up the growth, just wondering if it will slow down the time before they will actually touch it.
We have been having thunder storms every day with plenty of rain, so I'd like to get on this now while the weather is working for me. And, they are pastured off in a completely separate area that can handle about 3 weeks of grazing, and then will go to another area that can handle the same, and be rotated between these areas until I can get the main pasture correct, as well as the sand pit growing. (Although the second area does not bounce back as well and will need to, soon, be reseeded as well) They also have plenty of hay to supplement my grass project
Looking for any suggestions, on growth, safe fertilizing, or even what I need to supplement while I work on the grass here. Thank you all in advance for your replies