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post #1 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question What's the best type of grazing grass?

I'm probably not going to get a horse on my property due to the home owners association but just out of curiosity, if I did get a horse, they can't eat St. Augistine grass, right? Which kind of grass would I have to put in for the best grazing? Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 09:48 AM
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What part of the country are you in? (I'm assuming South, perhaps TX, since you mentioned St. Augustine).

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Florida-- also, can horses eat dollar weed?
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 10:19 AM
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Florida-- also, can horses eat dollar weed?
In Florida, I believe one of the Bermuda grass varieties is most commonly used for grazing.
As for dollar weed, I don't see it on the harmful plant list, but I don't know if they'll eat it.

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Thanks!

Ok, thanks so much!
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 10:28 AM
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Ok, thanks so much!
Check out this link, too. It appears to have good info on Florida grasses for horse grazing.

Horse Pasture Management*-*Hancock Farm and Seed Company

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 11:41 AM
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If you head out to your local TSC, they have a mix in their yard/gardening section called "horse grass" or something like that. I have no idea what kind of mix it is, but we use it in our front pastures and front lawn, so the horses can be hand grazed.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-11-2010, 01:14 PM
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I'd think Bermuda - I believe that's what is in southern states. We have orchard, timothy, clover, rye, kentucky blue here, but FL is much warmer.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-12-2010, 03:08 AM
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Our pasture is mostly native prairie grasses. I know there is some clover, some alfalfa, but for the most part its buffalo grass.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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