Mole Valley Farmer's Pony Paddock mixture has been specifically designed for ponies and horses. It contains approximately 50% timothy, meadow fescue and creeping red fescue to produce an extremely persistent, dense and hard wearing sward. The remaining 50% are productive perennial ryegrasses. Agricultural mixtures of grass seed should be avoided as these contain higher sugar, higher protein grasses which can result in obese horses and laminitis. A herb mix of 1 to 2kg/acre can also be added to the ley, adding valuable trace elements and minerals to the diet.
For haylage chose Mole Valley Farmer's medium term cutting ley for horses which contains a mixture of productive Italian Ryegrasses, hybrid and perennial ryegrass together with some timothy and meadow fescue. This will produce large quantities of haylage for 3 to 4 years before it needs to be reseeded or overseeded.
The same mixtures are recommended for these areas but it may be worthwhile draining/ditching wet fields. Overhanging trees and hedges may also need to be cut back. Drought conditions will obviously limit grass growth; it may be worthwhile looking at sub soiling land to increase depth of grass root growth to reduce the impact on grass growth in dry spells.