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Horse pastures that are as strong as iron

RPR® for an strong outstanding green pasture. With the RPR-technology your horse pasture can withstand extreme loads due to its outstanding roots.

The growth stage of the grass plants, the season and the amount of maintenance the pasture is given also ultimately determine a pasture’s quality.

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Highly resistant extreme loads with RPR technology

With the unique RPR technology, Horse Master® grass can withstand extreme loads.  With the RPR technology, the grass is also self-regenerating.  Horse Master® grass is not trampled easily and can easily withstand a horse galloping through the pasture.

Determinate stolons

RPR spreads horizontally by creating a natural network of determinate stolons that form a kind of netting in the sward, making for the best possible wear tolerance. Instead of individual grass plants, as in the case of traditional perennial ryegrass, each RPR grass plant is linked to other plants and to the soil. There is much less risk of the grass being kicked up or otherwise damaged because it is held in place on all sides, even during the most intensive use. So however intensive the circumstances may be, the dense sward will remain intact.

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How a grass plant grows
The growth of a grass plant begins with a leaf. Next, the plant slowly produces a stem, followed by the 2nd, 3rd and ultimately 4th leaf. If the plant continues to grow after that, the stem will shoot upwards and form a seed head. Once this stage has been reached the plant won’t grow any further. The quality and flavour of fresh grass depend strongly on the growth stage. Young grass with 1-2 leaves is very juicy and fresh, with a high protein content. However, this grass contains little effective fibre. Pasture grass in a later growth stage, having 3-4 leaves, on the contrary, has a lower protein content, but contains more effective fibre.

Grass with a Low Growing Point

Horses graze grass very close to the root with their teeth. This specific grazing method requires a dense grass sod and grass with a low growing point.

Because horses graze so closely, the grass struggles to regrow effectively, leading to bare patches where horses can ingest too much sand while grazing. This increases the risk of sand colic.

The robust sod of Horse Master prevents horses from uprooting the entire grass plant. Additionally, the grasses in Horse Master have a low growing point, allowing for quick regrowth despite being grazed down. This results in less sand ingestion by the horses. An added benefit of rapid regrowth is that it prevents weeds from developing.

Range of grasses
The quality of pasture grass is of course also dependent on the range of grasses. Palatable, high-quality grasses for horse pastures are in particular perennial ryegrass, timothy, smooth meadow grass and red fescue. However, weed grasses such as rough-stalked meadow grass, annual meadow grass and couch grass grow everywhere, and may adversely affect the quality of a pasture. Horse Master® consists of palatable grass varieties that can readily withstand competition from weed grasses.

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Pasturing system
Grass with a height of about 15 cm has a well-balanced composition that is suitable for horses. Barenbrug advises you to offer the grass to your horses at this stage, in a rotational pasturing system comprising several (3 to 5) pastures. Allow your horses to enter the pasture as soon as the grass has grown to the right height. Allow them to graze the grass and move them on to the next pasture as soon as the grass there has reached the ideal height. You can then maintain and fertilise the grazed pasture. Such a system will ensure that your horses always get grass of the right quality while enabling you to effectively maintain your pastures. 

A firm green pasture for your horse
A beautiful green pasture with firm sod and enough grass to graze your horse daily is precisely what every horse keeper wishes for. Unfortunately, many horses graze on bare pastures or pastures with grass intended for cows. This can lead to various health problems. That is why Barenbrug has developed Horse Master® with RPR.

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Horse Master® with RPR is a balanced grass seed mixture. A Horse Master® pasture has a firm sod, fast regrowth, and the crop is rich in structure but low in fructan. Click here for more information about Horse Master®.

 

 

 

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