New to the area I'm trying to figure out if my pasture is safe to let my...

Asked July 23, 2014, 8:26 AM EDT

New to the area I'm trying to figure out if my pasture is safe to let my horses graze. Can anyone ID this plant with small, dark green leaves and purple flowers? In the last image there's another plant with broad green leaves and approx 1.5 inch cone and very small white flower petals. Also hoping this might look familiar to someone. Most of these plants have gone to seed and flowers are fading- didn't get any good flower pics. Thank you!!

Delta County Colorado pastures and grazing

1 Response

Hello,

The pictures you have are alfalfa. a legume that is high in protein and good to graze when not 100% of the diet.
The white flower is plantain, most horses will not eat it unless they are starving. using a method for control would be advantageous to promote grasses and remove some of the plantain. it can be aggressive when grazing management is not proper, but with good management you should be in good shape.

Here are a few resources that should help you.
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/livestock.pdf
http://americashorsedaily.com/grass-founder/
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex8017
https://www.extension.org/mediawiki/files/a/a4/SM_ACREAGE_HORSE_CARE_eXtension_07.pdf


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