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post #1 of 6 Old 04-11-2014, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Is Moss safe in pasture

My new area that we intend to fence is completely Moss covered with several varieties. I know she will tear it up over time...however if she chooses to eat it ...Is my mare at risk ??? She will have plenty of hay available, I am still concerned as I don't know if she will get ill if she eats it
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-11-2014, 03:54 PM
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Horses do not eat moss but it can create a safety hazard as it is very slick. Having moss in a pasture is a sign of a poorly managed stand of grass not necessarily wet growing conditions. Instead of using the field, I would spend the year trying to improve it and actually gain some benefits from it. The first thing to do would be to lime the field. Decreasing the acidity of the soil makes it more inhospitable to moss growth. Adding fertilizer (test your soil to determine what is missing) will optimize the conditions for a strong stand of grass. Overseed if you need to. Choose a grass seed that tolerates flooding. Your extension office is the best place for all of this information and will often be where you can take your soil sample in for testing. Eliminate any standing water if you can.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-11-2014, 04:41 PM
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I would till it in, or scrape it off , if you have to use that area. I totally agree with Left hand Perch.
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thanks. It is not a pasture, just a piece of my land that I was considering fencing for turn out for a new horse, I will consider leaving the moss and doing a track around it as it is literally a huge area with long establishes moss and no way reasonable to remove it. We do not have adaquate land for pasture, just turnout area. Thanks for imput about slickness I certainly would not wish her to fall
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A sighn of calk deficiency in the soil.
To my knowlage moss is not toxic.
I think the horse would have to be pretty hungry to eat it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-12-2014, 07:57 AM
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Throw some lime on it and it will fade away. Could even throw some grass seed down at the same time. Moss doesn't compete well at all with higher plants.
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