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Old 10-04-2006, 02:38 PM  
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Fertilizing Pasture

I need some advice about granulated fertilizer. I have my place divided into 3 small pastures and 4 lots. I want to do fall fertilizer on my front pasture and back pasture and reseed it for spring, but I need to put my weanlings out there so they will be far from their dams. If I fertilize and top seed before I put them out there will it hurt them? I know that it is bad for horse to eat lawn grass treated with chemicals to kill grubs, etc, but what about fertlizer?
I usually have all of my foals weaned long before this, so I don't have a problem, but my foals came about 2 months apart for 6 months. What a nightmare!
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:35 PM  
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I have no experience in this area and am definitely not an expert----but my gut is saying "no". I would not put my horses on freshly fertilized pasture. We kept ours off for several weeks after fertilizing this spring (several good rains). Try calling your farm extension agent or your vet. Let us know what you find out.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:58 PM  
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I asked my farmer who grows my hay for advice on our grass. He said fertilizer and lime. I was worried about the horses.

He told me to keep the horses off of it until it rains. Haven't done it yet, but it sounds about right to me.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:00 PM  
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I would not recommend putting horses on a pasture immediately after fertilizing. Unlike cattle, horses eat to the ground level, so will pick up the actual fertilizer.

I wait for at least one good rain after using liquid fertilizer or if I use granular fertilizer I wait till I can no longer see any evidence of fertilizer on a test area, which usually takes several weeks and rains.

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Old 10-20-2006, 12:57 PM  
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Ferrilizing Pasture

Thanks everyone. The colt took weaning very well, so I have him and my old mare on one side of the barn and the other two mares on the other side, so they won't be in the pastures until next spring. We got some rain (finally, but not nearly enough) and I got the pastures top seeded and fertilized, but I think I need to put lime on the pasture too.
Babycakes, how much lime does your farmer use? I have a lawn spreader that I pull with my garden tractor and wonder if I should set the opening for granular fertilizer to spread the lime. I believe I read somewhere that if you have moss growing on the ground in your pasture that it needs lime. Please ask him if that is true.
Thanks, Sheila
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:10 PM  
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While you're at it, ask him when is the best time of the year to lime. I need to lime my pasture, but don't have a clue what time of year it should be done...
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:14 PM  
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the farmer next to us limes his field early in the year. I believe about March. I will ask my husband - he used to help his dad with cattle and hay when small (not willingly, LOL, forced child labor per hubby)
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