are number of landscape design notes and tips
as they relate to equestrian landscape design. I hope you find
them of interest:
& Tips (Page 1 of 2)
What about maintenance aspects of a landscaped facility?
of us engaged in equestrian activities keep a pretty busy schedule. While they would like to have a well landscaped facility they could well be concerned about the
extra maintenance involved. They really need not worry.
Low maintenance landscaping is particularly well suited for an equestrian site. Some examples of low maintenance plants are prairie style perennials and grasses
which blend into the natural landscape.
There are a host to choose from including silver fleecevine, autumn moorgrass, or maiden grass which arches gracefully four to six feet high and flowers in late
autumn. Try masses of blue oat grass, a 30 inch variety with pretty blue-green leaves. Landscaping with ornamental grasses and hardy perennials makes sense for the
equestrian site. Once these plants are established they need little water require very low maintenance". In fall, the maturing seed heads, stalks, and leaves add
gold, russet, and brown hues to the landscape and the seeds draw birds. An excellent example can be seen at The National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
I would be pleased to utilize the low maintenance prairie style perennials and grasses in
a landscape design for your equestrian site.
A good pasture which is
well managed can provide most of the summer feed requirements of
horses at a low cost. In general it takes 1.5 to 2 acres for a horse
with a mature weight of 1,000-1,200 pounds. This rule-of-thumb will
help in estimating the acreage requirements for an equine facility.
However, in western states where dry conditions are common, many
more acres may be required.
Rotational grazing is often
utilized when acreage is less than one acre per horse. Kentucky
bluegrass which is well limed and fertilized is a good choice for
A poorly managed pasture will supply
little, if any, feed. Also, such pastures can be the source of
Warning: Poisonous Plants
When clearing ground for a facility site
in wooded areas or when horses are allowed to graze in wooded areas,
care must be taken to eliminate poisonous plants harmful to horses.
Cornell University lists these species
of tress, shrubs, and plants which are of particular concern to
Red Maple, Fiddleneck, Locoweed, Yellow
Star Thistle, Crown Vetch, Jimsonweed, Horsetail, Buckwheat, St.
John's Wort, Mountain Laurel, Sensitive Fern, Black Cherry, Bitter
Cherry, Choke Cherry, Pin Cherry, Bracken, Fern Oaks, Rhubarb,
Rhododendron, Castor Bean, Black Locust, Grounsels, Common
Nightshade, Black Nightshade, Horse Nettle, Buffalo Bur, Potato
Sorghum or Milo, Sudan Grass, Johnson Grass, Yew , and molds of
various kinds in various feeds.