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Ideas On How To Address Clover: 

Red and White clover plants themselves are non-toxic but like most plants, they use clever biological weapons to protect themselves from being eaten en masse.  Clovers use an onboard fungus to do this that contains the toxin slaframine, which is what causes problems in horses. 


Particularly drooling issues as it affects the saliva glands.


Although not ideal, thankfully this is not life threatening. If this has happened to your horse, then remove them from the pasture and feed a diet of low sugar clover free hay to replace the grass whilst the paddock is addressed - see below for ideas on how to do that.


Alsike Clover, is another type of Clover, which has pink to white fading flowers, causes more serious conditions including conditions called photosensitization, big liver syndrome and more.


Whilst it might be tempting to use an over the counter weed killer to address clover, before you take that route, we advise to research on how glyphosate products can kill not only the soils biome, making the soil deficit of essential minerals, but it also damages the microbiome within the horse's digestive system, which is essential for being able to break down and utilise the nutrients contained within the horses feed. 


Horses cannot live without their microbiome, as it helps perform several important functions within the body, including digestion and the synthesis of vitamins and immunity.  


Weed killers ingested through the soil and plant matters growing in those soils, even after many years since use, can cause disruption of the microbiome, which can cause health issues such as laminitis, diarrhoea, colic or colitis.


Due to this, using these traditional weed killers is more of a risk to our horses health than the clover is, so we highly recommend NOT to use them. 


Here is a list of some natural ways to address clover;


*Fertilise with 25kg organic seaweed meal per hectare as to allow your grass to out compete the clover


*Try if at all possible not to graze the paddocks too short as that is when clover thrives


*Cross graze so other species eat the clover.


*Top dress all paddocks with lime at state of 2T per hectare per application to make the soil more alkaline, as this makes it a less favourable place for weeds, including clover, to grow.


*if there isn't much clover you can spot weed killer it with organic versions such as salt dissolved in hot water or cider vinegar or organic pine oil weed killers, which are much safer to use for our environment, as well as for your horse safety.


We hope this will give you some ideas on how to help manage clover. 


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