What to do to test horse grass when it is too short to analyse?

If you want to test horse grass then Forageplus can answer your questions.

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.

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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. 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.

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 consider using one of our ‘forage focused’ horse feed balancers which have been formulated against statistical analysis of the hundreds of forage samples we test for our clients. Our 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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