Dry Lots for Horses

Do you have a "dry lot" (a paddock without grass) on your property to help manage your horse's weight during the spring and summer? Please explain why or why not in the comments!


Total votes cast: 579

Comments & Write-in Answers

Property is hillside and trees; not very lush grazing :-(

5/22/2017 9:12:55 PM

Not only health of the horse, but health of the pastures

5/22/2017 8:48:44 PM

Do not have large pasture for horse. Use limited grass area for hand grazing. Lot for turnout

5/22/2017 8:38:18 PM

a dry lot, or walkout in stone dust, is critical to maintaining my easy keepers and allowing grass t

5/22/2017 8:22:48 PM

As our mares age we have to watch that they do not founder on too much grass.

5/22/2017 7:04:31 PM

Seasonal forage access control when grass is extraordinarily rich, or animal weight gain is excessiv

5/22/2017 6:22:06 PM

Older chronic laminitis pony and younger Welsh Cob live in the dry pen, only way to control intake!

5/22/2017 6:16:13 PM

My barefoot mare has not been ridden for 8 years and I don't plow or plant my fields.

5/22/2017 6:14:03 PM

I'm able to keep grass in the rest of my pasture areas due to using my sacrifice area.

5/22/2017 5:28:47 PM

With our climate it would be a mud area. Strip grazing with a backfence is used instead.

5/22/2017 4:57:37 PM

Having a dry lot helps me control the amount of fresh grass they consume. Our dry lots offer shade.

5/22/2017 4:51:53 PM

Horses are turned out on pasture for 3 hours per day but all have paddocks off stalls

5/22/2017 4:46:40 PM

Stall doors open into the dry lot. Horses can go in and out at will.

5/22/2017 4:37:47 PM

avoiding weight gain

5/22/2017 4:16:43 PM

Paddocks without grass for exercise only.

5/22/2017 2:55:49 PM

I have 2 mares with Equine Metabolic Syndrom (they are related). Both are prone to sever colic.

5/22/2017 1:37:11 PM

I graze the horses 1 - 2 hours each day and feed at least 1 flake of hay for the other feeding.

5/22/2017 12:42:08 PM

For use to some horses if/when needed.

5/22/2017 11:40:58 AM

keeps weight in control and used for last 2 months during pregnancy

5/22/2017 8:56:52 AM

No, I don't starve a horse, just work it more.

5/22/2017 6:51:09 AM

We have a Jenny Craig paddock that's low on grass & horses who only move to "eaten out" paddocks

5/22/2017 3:59:41 AM

have a grazing muzzle for the mini and the other horse is a hard-keeper senior

5/21/2017 11:44:32 PM


5/21/2017 5:40:27 PM

To keep the weight down on easy keepers and to protect the grass during muddy season

5/21/2017 3:37:14 PM

convenient access to my horses and to minimize overeating in the spring.

5/21/2017 3:36:24 PM

This would be asking for sand colic.

5/21/2017 3:14:08 PM

My horse is IR & PPID; not overweight but sensitive to grass

5/21/2017 2:49:05 PM

We are on someone elses land, the owner likes green fields! We are not allowed to have a dry lot

5/21/2017 2:22:47 PM

We have all TBs and they need more food than other horses.

5/21/2017 11:48:14 AM

Yes i could use my riding arena

5/21/2017 9:15:09 AM

Pasture is mostly fescue.

5/21/2017 9:12:54 AM

My horse lives in a mare motel with attached 24' gravel paddock. All of the turnouts are sand.

5/21/2017 12:27:53 AM

its not my farm

5/20/2017 11:25:51 PM

Yes, but not for weight management but to allow foundered mares turnout.

5/20/2017 6:12:23 PM

more horse owners should compost & cultivate manure,shavings as a valuable asset rather than send to

5/20/2017 10:52:49 AM

No room to spare.

5/20/2017 10:37:36 AM

My IR mare is on a dirt track around the perimeter of her half acre pasture.

5/20/2017 9:36:26 AM

I use grazing muzzle when needed.

5/20/2017 9:09:19 AM

Horse with PPID requires one.

5/20/2017 8:52:02 AM

All my horses only get 2 hours of pasture a day.

5/20/2017 8:02:43 AM

Lot perfect for 2 that can't wear grazing muzzles & fields pretty lush. Also laminitis pony rotates.

5/20/2017 7:40:39 AM

Prevent too much grass/sugar intake

5/20/2017 3:40:03 AM

Too many horses, small pastures with little grass - feed hay year round

5/20/2017 2:24:03 AM

it's an absolute necessity with a horse diagnosed with PPID or IR

5/19/2017 10:02:03 PM

It's not totally dry but the forage is almost non-existent. We call it the Jenny Craig paddock.

5/19/2017 9:10:07 PM

Not completely devoid of grass, but areas of very little grass.

5/19/2017 8:59:31 PM

They spend all but 5 hours a day in a 48' x 100' lot with stall and shade access. founder concern

5/19/2017 7:19:00 PM

My 27yr old gelding has PPID and my friend's mare has previously had Laminitis.

5/19/2017 7:15:48 PM

horses can be pulled off Spring grass if they start to get too overweight

5/19/2017 6:54:50 PM

Concerns about gastric ulcers, and sand colic when grazing is thusly restricted.

5/19/2017 6:25:47 PM

No my horses are ranch horses and stay out on pasture the year around.

5/19/2017 5:41:17 PM

PPID and IR ponies so a dry lot is a must!

5/19/2017 5:18:24 PM

I kept the grass very short.

5/19/2017 5:00:26 PM

In the process of making a dry lot

5/19/2017 4:04:30 PM

"Sacrifice" lots protect the rest of the property and keep the horses moving, reducing injuries.

5/19/2017 3:02:41 PM

Own ECIR horse that needs a dry lot.

5/19/2017 2:26:51 PM

Has cresty neck and do not want her to founder again.

5/19/2017 2:14:04 PM

It's invaluable.

5/19/2017 12:55:21 PM

I use the dry lot to limit new grass time for my horses.

5/19/2017 11:22:56 AM

My guys are pretty well rounded weight wise

5/19/2017 11:20:39 AM

Wrong climate for that here. And, we want one routine, not two, each day.

5/19/2017 9:44:57 AM

Grazing muzzle for the one horse needing it; weight stays good on all the others.

5/19/2017 7:42:13 AM

My "sacrifice" area where they are fed hay year round.

5/19/2017 6:52:10 AM

cushing & insulin resistance

5/19/2017 12:59:48 AM

Helps to manage the horses transition from hay over to grass and also protects the pasture growth.

5/18/2017 9:54:16 PM

We use a dry lot with a run in shed in the middle of our pastures as part of the pasture rotation.

5/18/2017 9:12:30 PM

Have five EMS horses confined, all have foundered to some degree previously.

5/18/2017 8:17:26 PM

as yuo said to help manage my horse's weights as well as to save the pastures from being over eaten

5/18/2017 7:19:41 PM

I have a small operation and it helps prevent overgrazing my small area of pasture.

5/18/2017 6:57:32 PM

extremely sandy soil here and weight management

5/18/2017 6:39:16 PM

The farm where we board has 105 horses; there are spacious pastures but no dry lots are available.

5/18/2017 5:27:53 PM

NM is high desert. My 21 acres will not support 2 horses so I sacrifice a 1/2 acre area for drylot.

5/18/2017 5:14:16 PM

it is the only place that stays pretty much dry so the horses aren't standing in mud in the other.

5/18/2017 5:12:20 PM

it's just the way the place is set up, the paddocks don't have any grass in them.

5/18/2017 4:51:04 PM

Insulin resistant so no more grass for my pony!

5/18/2017 4:42:04 PM

Horses that need restriction and have soaked hay instead of grass while in this area

5/18/2017 4:11:23 PM

With our climate, the spring brings too much grass too quickly & the horses are eased onto it.

5/18/2017 1:36:22 PM

Easy keeper pony and donkey prone to founder

5/18/2017 12:16:21 PM

I have two very easy keepers. One is a Morgan and they are more likely to have problems with metabo

5/18/2017 11:37:30 AM

Montana grasses are rich. A horse can overeat and become foundered.

5/18/2017 11:31:57 AM

We have horses with Equine Metabolic syndrome so it's a necessity.

5/18/2017 10:43:55 AM

All we have is dry lots here in AZ, unless you're super rich! Lol

5/18/2017 10:26:35 AM

they gain so much weight when they are on pasture 24/7 so I use a dry lot to manage their weight

5/18/2017 9:15:10 AM

havent made one

5/18/2017 8:20:19 AM

The horses graze the field which becomes a rather dry lot

5/18/2017 7:50:20 AM

We have a huge paddock paradise without grass because I adopted I believe hay only is healthier.

5/18/2017 7:48:43 AM

My horses live on a dry lot. They are very easy keepers and would become obese on grass.

5/18/2017 7:36:45 AM

Weight management..therefore disease prevention

5/18/2017 6:48:01 AM

I rotate my horses into dry lot to make my acre pastures last longer

5/18/2017 2:17:41 AM

My horse is severely Insulin resistant and has PPID. He cannot stay healthy on grass.

5/18/2017 1:33:19 AM

My horse has Cushings and cannot eat grass so she lives in a dry lot year round.

5/18/2017 1:00:35 AM

yes-IR horse would founder. Auto pellet feeders are great! grass is too lush here

5/17/2017 11:07:11 PM

Need to take care of my easy keepers and keep them from getting too heavy.

5/17/2017 10:55:49 PM

because the lady from the university told me to do that!

5/17/2017 10:50:10 PM

Horses are easy keepers, limited amount of pasture. They get three to four hours in pasture each day

5/17/2017 10:42:22 PM

Helps manage hard to keep horses

5/17/2017 10:24:39 PM

We rotate horses from the pasture to dry lot daily to manage their weight.

5/17/2017 9:25:41 PM

Because he almost foundered on spring grass a few years ago and now is an easy keeper.

5/17/2017 8:34:51 PM

I live in the desert, so there is no pasture.

5/17/2017 8:25:18 PM

grazing muzzles

5/17/2017 8:23:30 PM

I have an EMS horse, that stays fat.

5/17/2017 8:15:23 PM

We try to keep our small property from turning to dirt by turning them out for an hour or two per da

5/17/2017 8:09:37 PM

I have limited pasture and must rotate grazing along with feeding hay all year round.

5/17/2017 7:45:49 PM

A dry lot increases the risk of sand colic.

5/17/2017 5:59:49 PM

Help control intake of over weight horses or those that have health issues.

5/17/2017 5:43:37 PM

we live in the desert - all we have is "dry lot" !!

5/17/2017 5:33:19 PM

I have Morgans so I worry about weight gain and laminitis on too much grass.

5/17/2017 5:19:54 PM

Yes! It's necessary to wean them on t

5/17/2017 5:05:55 PM

It allows exercise & limited hay scattered to forage.Wild horses cope starving in winter,

5/17/2017 4:57:45 PM

I have two donkeys who tend to gain weight just breathing air !!!

5/17/2017 4:55:31 PM

Too keep control of their diet to keep them from overeating the fresh grass and foundering.

5/17/2017 4:51:57 PM

One with PPID

5/17/2017 4:46:51 PM

The grass grows so crazy fast here. If I needed one I could mow it down first

5/17/2017 4:43:45 PM

The barn manager just cuts back on the amount of grain

5/17/2017 4:36:34 PM

One horse has cushings, our donkey can't have access to green grass, easier to regulate feed

5/17/2017 4:36:09 PM

Moved further away today as grazing was too rich although it was a yard for laminitis 🤔

5/17/2017 4:14:57 PM

We do have a dry lot, though we don't usually use it. Our horses do fine on grass.

5/17/2017 4:12:44 PM

Weight control

5/17/2017 4:00:46 PM

But would love one

5/17/2017 3:54:02 PM

We have one to manage his in take. he is taken of pasture for a period of time in the day.

5/17/2017 3:49:45 PM

Both my horses are IR

5/17/2017 3:35:35 PM

I have a sacrifice lot. It containes a large shelter, an automatic waterer and two slow feeders.

5/17/2017 3:29:31 PM

I have easy keepers and 22 acres of grass. It kills me they can't be out on it much.

5/17/2017 2:58:49 PM

I use my dry lot in the winter too not just the summer.

5/17/2017 2:46:13 PM

One of our horses has EMs. He canot be turned out in the spring even with a grazing muzzle.

5/17/2017 2:29:51 PM

And I also have pasture turnout so they get some grass

5/17/2017 2:23:07 PM

In south Louisiana we have some grass all year long. Most of us also plant rye grass.

5/17/2017 2:03:50 PM

Measure food ( hay) that he is getting, otherwise will just turn on an axis and do no exersise

5/17/2017 2:00:09 PM

Not for the fatties though - it comes in handy for those with allergies

5/17/2017 1:56:06 PM

I have a horse prone to laminitis so the drylots for him and to help pastures grow.

5/17/2017 1:31:15 PM

They get obese if allowed on grass all day

5/17/2017 1:13:16 PM

dry lot all year no pasture

5/17/2017 1:10:39 PM

No... Horses are hind gut fermentors, which is why they need forage 24/7. Volume vs Calories

5/17/2017 1:01:01 PM

We're in Arizona - dry lots are a "given" unless one irrigates!

5/17/2017 12:56:30 PM

Yes, 2 out of 3 of my horses are very easy keepers!

5/17/2017 12:42:42 PM

In PNW we need mud-free paddocks in winter, plus I have a horse with IR/EMS that needs dry lotting.

5/17/2017 12:32:37 PM

a) its (usually) wet in scotand b) plenty of grass, so reluctant to buy in hay when grass needs tak

5/17/2017 12:14:35 PM

Need the choice

5/17/2017 11:59:29 AM

Horses go out in the morning and come in at night to give their bodies a break from the rich grass

5/17/2017 11:07:44 AM

we have a smaller grass paddock that we let the horses over graze in spring so by midsummer it's dry

5/17/2017 10:46:23 AM

Mare had laminitis last fall even with grazing muzzle and limited turn out time

5/17/2017 10:14:44 AM

Have some with metabolic issues & ponies that get fat on air. Without dry lots we'd be in trouble!

5/17/2017 10:05:04 AM

No, but I would like to have one for a sacrifice lot (save pasture grass) and for weight management.

5/17/2017 9:48:49 AM

We live in the Desert, we are going to grow grass

5/17/2017 9:13:06 AM

My horses are on 24/7 turnout year round so naturally come onto spring grass gradually. Both are TBs

5/17/2017 9:12:04 AM

Saved the Cushings horse and the pastures when wet. Wouldn't be without it.

5/17/2017 9:10:34 AM

Love it! Horses can enjoy the outdoors without destroying the fields

5/17/2017 9:10:19 AM

My horses are boarded and kept in dry lots. They are rotated on pasture one day each week.

5/17/2017 7:55:37 AM

My horses' weight is not a problem.

5/17/2017 7:14:08 AM

Utilise part of the winter paddock that turned bare and muddy over the winter!

5/17/2017 6:57:43 AM

One horse with EMS, one with PPID.

5/17/2017 6:47:55 AM

Weight control is not an issue.

5/17/2017 1:03:58 AM

dry lots used for the obvious reasons

5/17/2017 12:10:34 AM

Not enough acreage

5/16/2017 11:49:51 PM

Also grazing muzzle 2rs a day, of 3 and limit the grazing time to 6-8 hours a day. Dry lot with gras

5/16/2017 11:25:32 PM

in at night to limit grass intake, out in day but often in shelter out of heat and avoiding flies,

5/16/2017 10:14:11 PM

One pony with IR, another an all too easy keeper

5/16/2017 10:13:48 PM

We live in a very sandy area, little to no grass in our pastures.

5/16/2017 9:47:15 PM

Mare puts on weight easily, has metabolic syndrome.

5/16/2017 9:39:32 PM

necessary to control feeding habits and keep grass pasture in good shape. I also mow my grass lot.

5/16/2017 9:37:56 PM

I have a shetland mini mare prone to laminitis

5/16/2017 9:33:36 PM

very easy keepers have to.

5/16/2017 9:23:14 PM

I couldn't do without a dry lot- the "air ferns" would founder (have come close in a previous year)

5/16/2017 9:14:12 PM

Not enough pasture for horses to get overweight. Always use a dry lot with hay for summer pasture ro

5/16/2017 9:01:39 PM

Living in Arizona, everything is a dry lot. :(

5/16/2017 8:59:31 PM

I am planning on adding one, but more to prevent over grazing than to control weight.

5/16/2017 8:49:00 PM

keep one paddock for those who can not have lots of grass for weight or other reasons

5/16/2017 8:47:49 PM

I contain the horses in the dry lot to limit their time on the grass to keep from depleting the gras

5/16/2017 8:46:39 PM

Metabolic donkey, plus neighbors stud always loose and running around

5/16/2017 7:34:22 PM

Not for weight management--just because we live in the desert and don't waste water.

5/16/2017 7:32:38 PM

Horse is IR

5/16/2017 7:29:19 PM

Dry lot always. IR horse.

5/16/2017 7:14:53 PM

2 hardkeepers. All grass all the time.

5/16/2017 7:04:59 PM

no trouble with over weight horses even though on pasture 24/7.

5/16/2017 7:04:53 PM

The native grass comes up even in my dry lot.

5/16/2017 6:43:25 PM

my horses go out for 2 hours in the am and pm and receive 1 flake of hay in the evening

5/16/2017 6:43:10 PM

In & Out stalls attached to a large crusher paddock 24/7, plus field time.

5/16/2017 6:13:36 PM

Dry lot turnout fall and winter, supplemented with grass turnout for a few hours spring and summer.

5/16/2017 6:12:52 PM

Our oldest horses (23 & 25) both have PPID. One had laminitis 7yrs ago.

5/16/2017 6:06:49 PM

no place to put on on our small property

5/16/2017 6:02:18 PM

He can be kept on dry lot, but is currently turned out since the lot is thick mud from rain

5/16/2017 6:00:07 PM

to help manage weight

5/16/2017 5:57:20 PM

All we have is dry lot in the desert

5/16/2017 5:39:03 PM

Track paddock year-round

5/16/2017 5:15:36 PM

I turn them out late at night when the grass is safer and bring them in mid-morning to the dry lot.

5/16/2017 5:06:28 PM

in pasture all year long

5/16/2017 5:03:46 PM

I have 2 dry lots/1pasture. But this is due to space, tho wt control is bonus

5/16/2017 4:55:25 PM

My property is steep with little grass so my horses get limited turn out time year round.

5/16/2017 4:37:46 PM

Hate cleaning stalls, horses like freedom. Use at night

5/16/2017 4:27:46 PM

Use drylot for evening, pasture turnout during day

5/16/2017 2:35:59 PM

Covered in fibre sand so dry turnout in winter & schooling area.

5/16/2017 1:34:59 PM

No, but I can use my round pen or arena if necessary. No grass there.

5/16/2017 1:32:12 PM

foundered pony!!

5/16/2017 12:57:57 PM

To manage weight on an older gelding I do pen him off grass 12 hrs a day.

5/16/2017 12:41:32 PM

no space for one

5/16/2017 11:56:38 AM

Barely enough space for adequate pasture, dieting horses are turned out for less time

5/16/2017 11:40:54 AM

Boarding with other mares, the large paddock is dry nearly all year.

5/16/2017 11:18:04 AM

No choice. Limited acreage, sand based soil, very careful with grass pastures. Hard to regrow.

5/16/2017 11:16:39 AM

My horse has a history of laminitis, so he lives in a drylot year-round.

5/16/2017 10:30:58 AM