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only have 2 horses on 7 acres they don't hurt the pasture
11/3/2008 9:33:01 PM
If southern Az had good grazing, this would be my choice.
11/3/2008 9:08:16 PM
I do however allow a few days with one side of the pasture resting.
11/3/2008 7:20:58 PM
I have one 7 acre lush pasture for 3 horse.they can't keep it down so we bale hay atleast once
11/3/2008 6:40:45 PM
I am in Arizona, and have a 2 acre parcel where I have dry lot turnouts.
11/3/2008 6:26:34 PM
My horses rotate fields according to the time of day. they spend the morning in the back field. Move
11/3/2008 5:24:50 PM
11/3/2008 3:59:41 PM
I board and keep my horse on 1/4 acre.
11/3/2008 3:41:02 PM
I rotate fields during the summer and in winter I rest pastures.
11/3/2008 8:27:26 AM
actually i dont have enough FENCE. have the land, but all one huge pasture. hope to efnce next yr.
11/2/2008 7:43:12 PM
We only have 12 acres and keep my sons retired 2nd Place Rolex 2nd place finisher alo winner as ap n
11/2/2008 7:03:57 PM
We have continuous moisture and lots of pasture to maintain enough forage
11/2/2008 11:37:39 AM
During the wet months pastures are locked out
11/2/2008 11:10:07 AM
I rotate my small paddocks so they can rest 2-3 weeks, even a slight effort makes a big difference!
11/2/2008 9:41:49 AM
I rotate June to Jan and grow hay Feb to June
11/1/2008 11:12:53 PM
Rotate to allow grass to regrow.
11/1/2008 8:34:37 PM
I have separated my pastures into 3 sections and rotate the horses regularly.
11/1/2008 5:48:20 PM
We have 4 horses on 7 acres that we rotate but because of the drought here is TN, it isn't enough ac
11/1/2008 4:28:29 PM
only because we have 25 acres and only 3 cows and 1 or 2 horses...
11/1/2008 2:56:19 PM
Horses are paddocked in winter
11/1/2008 2:50:09 PM
Only if I feel it is necessary
11/1/2008 12:36:30 AM
limit grazing time during the fall and winter months
10/31/2008 11:17:04 PM
I only have 2 acres for my 2 horses, but I do rotate them on only 1 acre at a time. It really helps!
10/31/2008 10:53:15 PM
My boarding stable does rotate fields.
10/31/2008 8:23:30 PM
Would give them more rest if we had more land or fewer horses
10/31/2008 9:12:33 AM
The field i use in winter and spring are resting during summer and autumn.
10/31/2008 7:57:57 AM
10/31/2008 7:15:26 AM
I wish I had more land to rotate properly. I do short periods only.
10/30/2008 8:43:12 PM
When I get more land, I will rotate my pastures regularly.
10/30/2008 8:34:15 PM
There's not enough water in AZ to grow hay
10/30/2008 6:03:16 PM
1-3 A field, + 2 small grased paddocks - big field closed late winter to late spring.
10/30/2008 6:02:29 PM
many horses on dry lot, few on grass
10/30/2008 4:37:28 PM
If HSUS was worried about unwanted horses, they should have left slaughter alone.
10/30/2008 3:45:29 PM
I must stall keep my horses thru the winter to let my pastures rest.
10/30/2008 3:27:59 PM
22 acres hay frazed 2 months 10 acreas grazed 8 months 2 aceas grazed 2 months
10/30/2008 3:26:54 PM
our horses do not go out 24/7. In the winter we put a bit of hay out. The paddocks are fertilized .
10/30/2008 3:09:17 PM
drag then rest every 6-8 weeks
10/30/2008 3:08:37 PM
rotate paddocks, rest pastures
10/30/2008 2:45:03 PM
we rotate but probably not as well as we should
10/30/2008 2:18:30 PM
We actually only rest and reseed each pasture (turn out really) for a month in the fall and spring.
10/30/2008 11:52:49 AM
I rotate during the growing season and close off entire fields during the winter months.
10/30/2008 11:09:31 AM
I try to but it is dependent on weather & # of horses.
10/30/2008 10:46:09 AM
Not anymore, with hay prices, I use my 3rd pasture to grow hay.
10/30/2008 9:53:16 AM
I have (2) 2 year olds on 1 acre along with a senior 1/4 horse
10/30/2008 6:16:11 AM
Actually, I don't have enough fence, but NEXT year we will start rotating.
10/30/2008 6:15:07 AM
i rotate so my paddocks get time to re-grow, and in case in need of repairs on fences, weeding. etc
10/30/2008 1:36:37 AM
Pasture? What's that?! I live in the desert, sand as far as the eye can see!
10/30/2008 12:29:52 AM
Rotation, rest, pasture mgmt controls weeds and parasites w/o chemicals, healthier for everyone
10/29/2008 10:22:59 PM
rotate 3 pastures regularly in summer, rest them when grass dormant, use dry lot in winter
10/29/2008 9:48:09 PM
We rotate thru 7 1/2 to 3/4 acre pastures on a 7 to 10 day schedule for 1 horse then clip.
10/29/2008 9:19:50 PM
Mow regularly, pick up manure and don't overgraze-pastures will stay healthy.
10/29/2008 8:23:52 PM
I have 4 small grass areas as well as temporary fencing. I know I don't rest them long enough.
10/29/2008 7:33:38 PM
I do believe in resting/rotation!
10/29/2008 6:25:55 PM
wish we could, but not enough space.
10/29/2008 5:51:47 PM
I have 2 tiny grass areas, so keeping horses out in winter gives them something to eat in summer.
10/29/2008 4:15:24 PM
I rotate between pasture and dry lot during the grazing season to keep my small pasture healthy
10/29/2008 3:22:07 PM
with 80 acres and 3 horses, I let them roam all over
10/29/2008 3:16:34 PM
only have 1 pasture for 2 horses so i cant
10/29/2008 3:14:00 PM
I rotate my horses depending on how long it takes to regrow. Which is usually around 4 to 6 weeks.
10/29/2008 2:12:17 PM
I break my 4+ acre pasture into half to one acre sections and rotate my 2 horses regularly
10/29/2008 1:24:18 PM
a large pasture 5+ac.for one horse and 2 goats. Limed and seeded, mow, divided into 3 parts./
10/29/2008 1:21:19 PM
Winter creates natures rest for our pastures.
10/29/2008 12:57:14 PM
always -- my big guys can tear up a pasture!
10/29/2008 12:37:51 PM
We have a summer pasture we use from may to october and a winter psture from nov to april
10/29/2008 12:36:05 PM
it helps to reduce parasites and allows new growth of grass to establish
10/29/2008 12:32:23 PM
It all depends on how many horses you have on how many acres.
10/29/2008 12:23:15 PM
10/29/2008 11:57:06 AM
Minimal land but maximize grazing
10/29/2008 11:42:50 AM
I rotate pastures as needed in 90 day intervals.
10/29/2008 11:39:49 AM
I have a winter sacrifice and summer sacrifice. No over grazing for the winter field in summer
10/29/2008 11:18:33 AM
No land, just paddocks.
10/29/2008 10:37:35 AM
We only have 3 horses/25 cows on 320 acres. No need. We're blessed.
10/29/2008 10:22:06 AM
With a small acerage in MT we have to rotate and rest as we have no way to irrigate grass back up
10/29/2008 10:15:22 AM
I try to allow other grass to grown but drought session really hurts.
10/29/2008 10:08:51 AM
Except when my mare breaks thru the electric fence tape
10/29/2008 9:44:36 AM
Wish we had a setup conducive to do this.
10/29/2008 9:44:30 AM
I have one horse on five acres--plenty of grass--needs lots of mowing
10/29/2008 9:32:29 AM
house in dirt paddocks when pastures need recoup time
10/29/2008 9:18:40 AM
We use electric fence to rotate pasture in the summer and hayfield in winter. Works great!
10/29/2008 9:05:57 AM
every few weeks, in fall use temp fencing in hay field
10/29/2008 9:01:02 AM
I have 2.7 acres broken into 5 paddocks
10/29/2008 8:48:04 AM
Horses are removed from Oct to late May tp a dry lot, during the summer are only on 8-10 hours aday
10/29/2008 8:37:08 AM
We rotate around 3 fields and keep them in dry pasture with hay in winter.
10/29/2008 8:26:20 AM
In addition to rotating during the growing season, we rest the pastures during the rainy season
10/29/2008 7:27:50 AM
But they don't rest for long enough because I don't have enough pasture.
10/29/2008 7:20:23 AM
I have 3 horses on 7 acres divided into 3 paddocks; rotating does help maintain better grass
10/29/2008 7:13:39 AM
don't feel it's necessary, have enough land
10/29/2008 7:06:37 AM
I use a sacrifice paddock and only allow my ponies on grass for a couple of hours.
10/29/2008 7:02:02 AM
Small hog-fuel paddocks in 2 wettest months, then large pastures 1 for spring and 1 for summer/fall
10/29/2008 3:27:23 AM
My barn rests fields, but not long enough. Fields that used to be green are now devoid of grass
10/29/2008 2:14:07 AM
I fertlize & harrow the field I'm resting
10/29/2008 1:34:17 AM
they rest during the late fall through winter
10/29/2008 12:44:43 AM
Yes, but not long enough!
10/28/2008 11:55:32 PM
we have a area we sacrificed so the main field can rest and grow back strong in the spring.
10/28/2008 11:14:01 PM
Live in the desert-there is no pasture!
10/28/2008 10:57:36 PM
During winter horses off pasture. Will cut and bale in spring. Then out again.
10/28/2008 10:31:43 PM
I really wish I could do this.
10/28/2008 10:31:10 PM
I usually can't, but this year I rented land and moved the horses for the summer.
10/28/2008 10:00:33 PM
I also, spread manure, harrow, and reseed - and 3very 4-5 years I apply lime.
10/28/2008 9:55:25 PM
only 6 acres-4 horses, 1 sacrifice fld, & rotate 2 for 4 hrs/day 6 months, sacrifice only for 6 mos
10/28/2008 9:54:37 PM
If weather allows, I like to put the horses in a different pasture if the grass gets below about 3".
10/28/2008 9:52:00 PM
lucky to have 2 acres so no pasture
10/28/2008 9:34:28 PM
That is why I had pasture during the drought. I have 6 thoroughbreds on 16 acres.
10/28/2008 9:33:46 PM
Under the snow in winter.
10/28/2008 9:18:04 PM
I rest individual small fields for 3 to 4 weeks as I don't have enough land to rest them longer
10/28/2008 9:12:43 PM
We have burmuda and pull them off late fall to late spring.
10/28/2008 9:10:45 PM
rotate mares pastures, but don't have anough room to do so with gelding's
10/28/2008 9:07:11 PM
I keep my horses off the pastures for all of Sept and rotate the rest of the year.
10/28/2008 8:55:39 PM
I have metabolic horses that can only graze dormant fields with supervision
10/28/2008 8:52:28 PM
WE have 10 acres and run anhywhere from 4-7 horses at a time. In the winter we feed hay and alfalfa.
10/28/2008 8:51:38 PM
I have 3 paddocks so I rotate once a month so each paddock get 2 mths break to grow.
10/28/2008 8:50:20 PM
YEAH 4 MONTHS UNDER SNOW
10/28/2008 8:47:37 PM
I limit access to the grass field
10/28/2008 8:31:08 PM
i would but don't have the land
10/28/2008 7:53:06 PM
i only have 2 acres for 2 horses so it is usually 3 days in one pasture, then 3 days in the other.
10/28/2008 7:19:19 PM
Seperate fields for diff. horses. Never go out when muddy, too hard on pasture.
10/28/2008 7:11:26 PM
if you let them graze on pasture without rest they'll eat their favorite spots into the ground
10/28/2008 7:03:41 PM
we used to use one for summer and one for winter but not enough room now.
10/28/2008 7:01:59 PM
I have one area that gets to rest, but can't keep them off the other parts.
10/28/2008 6:34:04 PM
The farm where I board has 3 pastures to rotate through, if necessary.
10/28/2008 6:24:28 PM
while i am letting the seed rest into the dirt
10/28/2008 6:15:39 PM
I have one mud field and one field with grass that rests all winter and spring then gets used.
10/28/2008 6:01:37 PM
Besides pasture rotation, I also planted a wide range of grasses, longer grazing season + erosion c
10/28/2008 5:34:25 PM
have two feilds and rotate every 2 months
10/28/2008 5:33:36 PM
Our fields rest over winter when it's wet & muddy so they don't tear it up. We reseed and fertilize
Barn owner is VERY diligent about rotation and it shows! BEAUTIFUL pastures!
10/28/2008 5:31:45 PM
I don't have a lot of land, but I do my best to let areas rest throughout the year.
10/28/2008 5:30:02 PM
I rotate in the summer and rest them all winter
10/28/2008 5:05:08 PM
Late spring once grass fully grown, then fall off grass to reestablish grass growth.
10/28/2008 5:03:38 PM
I only have 2 2-acre pastures I rotate.
10/28/2008 4:55:43 PM
I wish I could, I think it's important for numerous reasons.
10/28/2008 4:45:35 PM
Altho they get a winter break when it freezes
10/28/2008 4:45:19 PM
2 horses on less than 2 acres cross fenced Rotate weekly
10/28/2008 4:42:07 PM
They rest in the winter
10/28/2008 4:35:48 PM
My fields get to rest over the winter only
10/28/2008 4:32:55 PM
We rotate between 2 fields; the results is that we have grass to mow all summer/fall
10/28/2008 4:30:29 PM
I limit # of horses per field and each field rests 3-5 weeks
10/28/2008 4:29:34 PM
I rest fields in the winter -Nov thru March. Reseed & fertilize late March.
10/28/2008 4:22:12 PM
I reseed summer pastures and put horses on another pasture for winter.
10/28/2008 4:21:42 PM
I live in AZ & only own 1 1/4 acres--my horses have a large turnout connected to stalls under shade.
10/28/2008 4:17:24 PM
I do a 6 week rotation always leaving one feild completely free for that six weeks to recover
10/28/2008 4:15:27 PM
I don't have much land but I have it cross fenced so that I can rotate the horses & sheep
10/28/2008 4:14:49 PM
We keep horses off some areas during the winter. Rotate in sring and summer if possible.
10/28/2008 4:12:34 PM
Small pasture is 24/7 turnout. Rest is rotated w/temp fencing
10/28/2008 4:07:09 PM
Right now most of our fields are about to sleep under a nice blanket of snow...zzzzzzz
10/28/2008 4:04:37 PM
I am lucky i have room enough to have winter pasture and summer pasture so both get to rest.
10/28/2008 4:04:07 PM
My pastures are hilly and rocky/resting them is essential if I want any grass at all!
10/28/2008 3:52:49 PM
It's hard to keep pastures green, but we try.
10/28/2008 3:42:04 PM
we rent several fields and rotate
10/28/2008 3:35:02 PM
my pastures are small and so i rotate them , but cannot really give them a rest.
10/28/2008 3:34:51 PM
I believe it's best to rotate fields but I don't have enough land.
10/28/2008 3:15:58 PM
we use electric fence to allow our three acres to grow as much grass as possible.
10/28/2008 2:50:01 PM
Rotate on a 3 month schedule, plant winter rye in all
10/28/2008 2:19:32 PM
We rotate during grazing season, then the horses are in 'winter lots' w/hay for the duration.
10/28/2008 12:50:49 PM
We have 9 acres for 3 horses, they do not graze them down.
10/28/2008 12:13:09 PM
10/28/2008 10:41:19 AM
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