Give It A Rest

Do you let fields/pastures rest during the year?

I rotate my fields regularly.
I rest individual fields for several months.
I do not believe resting fields is necessary.
I don't have enough land.

Total votes cast: 1240

Comments & Write-in Answers

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

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 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

we board.

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

when dormant

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


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

10/28/2008 5:33:36 PM

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

2 acres

10/28/2008 10:41:19 AM