• Eliminate continuous season long grazing.
  • Corral livestock and feed them hay until your pasture grasses are 6″ to 8″ high.  Remove animals when 50% of the available forage has been eaten (3″ remain).
  • Do not graze until grasses are at least 6″ tall (will take 3 to 4 weeks on irrigated pasture).
  • During the winter non-grazing period, hold animals in a corral.
  • Allow long rest periods to rejuvenate pastures in poor conditions.
  • Provide a water source for each pasture.
  • Irrigate each pasture immediately after grazing to stimulate growth and avoid hoof compaction on wet soils.
  • Horses do not need continuous access to pasture.  Their nutritional needs can be met with only a few hours of grazing on a good pasture.  Corral animals for the remainder of the day to prevent over grazing of plants and avoid excess trampling of vegetation.
  • On limited acreage, you may have only enough pasture to exercise your animals and will need to feed year-round.