I read a quote by somebody famous , I forget who, that said “The grass is only greener on the other side of the fence because they look after it better”. I beg to differ. I think it’s because they never use it, especially not for grazing.
I’ve written about the state of our fields before. The terrible wet winter we had, together with introducing Florence to the heard, and briefly having four horses, left our top field looking like a tribute to a World War One battlefield. It was both frightening and embarrassing how many times people would come and look at the field, and enquire in all honesty, why we have ploughed it! We were unable to do anything about it though, as the ground was too wet to get any kind of machinery onto it.
At long last it stopped raining long enough to be able to begin to resolve the problem. Our grass guru Steve began by ‘Gate Grading’ the entire top field. No, I’ve never heard of gate grading either. Basically, he dragged what looked like a metal field gate round the field. It had angled blades on the bars, that smoothed out the lumps and bumps. Next, the field was reseeded with Pony Paddock Mix. Then it was rolled. Now all we have to do is wait for the grass to grow.
The thing is, from seeding, it’s about 6 weeks until we can put the horses back on it. It’s been 2 weeks now, and our bottom, much smaller, field is struggling to cope. The next 4 weeks or so are going to be challenging!