We just purchased 16 acres (13 tillable and 3 wooded), this will be used for...

Asked April 17, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT

We just purchased 16 acres (13 tillable and 3 wooded), this will be used for primarily for horses, with the majority of the acreage being in pasture. My question is, what would be the best pasture seed mix? Thank You

Clark County Ohio horses pastures and grazing pastures and forages

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The first thing to do in your situation would be to perform a soil test for the acreage you intend to seed. Soil conditions are the greatest factor in the success or failure of pasture establishment. Your local extension office or soil and water conservation district can help you acquire the tools you need to do the test and interpret the results.

Some preferred forages for horses include a mixture of timothy, orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, Ladino white clover, and/or alfalfa.

Tall fescue (KY-31) is the prominent forage in most pastures and is often included in some seed mixes. If you are feeding pregnant mares, you want to avoid grazing or feeding KY-31 tall fescue. Novel endophyte or endophyte free varieties are safe to feed.