What to do to Test Horse Grass when it is too Short to Analyse?

Last Updated: | By Forageplus Team

Analysis to test horse grass can be very useful to help determine what supplements your horse needs to match to the grass eaten in the field. However if you want to test horse grass then the pasture needs to be long enough for you to collect a sample.

When you test horse grass it needs to be a certain length, more than 2cm is best.  This is because it will take you a long time to collect a sample and it may be heavily contaminated with soil if it is very short.

If the pasture where your horse grazes is less than 2cm long then you will need to rest it before you test to allow it to grow more length. This may only take a week in spring and early summer but could need as long as 4 to 6 weeks at other times of the year when the grass is more slow growing.

You should only sample the areas of grass your horse is eating.  The areas where long ‘feggy’ grass is growing, which the horse does not touch, should not be sampled. This is because the analysis should be a representative sample of what the horse is eating.  if the longer areas are not touched then this would give false results on the mineral analysis report.

For more advice on how to test horse grass see our advice on how to take a sample here.

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If the grass your horse grazes never gets long enough to sample then it consider using one of our horse feed balancers which have been formulated against statistical analysis of the hundreds of grass and hay samples we test for our clients. Each of our horse balancers are nutritionally focused supplements rather than broad spectrum, cover the usual deficiencies in UK forage and are matched to NRC minimums and ratios.

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