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    03-19-2010, 07:58 PM
  #1
Yearling
Question Dry lots...

This will probably seem like a silly question, but how exactly do you...make a dry lot? In the fall I'll be looking to move and Dream is overweight (we believe she is Insulin Resistent) and if she was on grass... the thought of her on grass makes me cringe. So I'll be needing to have a dry lot, but I don't know how to go about that. Help?
     
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    03-19-2010, 09:25 PM
  #2
Foal
Just have a small pen, quarter acre or around that is a good size for dry lots. And just don't irrigate it...there ya go! You could even take a fourwheeler or something and drag a harrow over it so it kind of keeps the grass from growing. There's not much to it.
     
    03-19-2010, 09:54 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DakotaLuv    
Just have a small pen, quarter acre or around that is a good size for dry lots. And just don't irrigate it...there ya go! You could even take a fourwheeler or something and drag a harrow over it so it kind of keeps the grass from growing. There's not much to it.
If you make a 1/4 acre paddock, just leave the grass....your horse will eat it to the roots in no time at all and it will be gone. Try to pick a place that drains well or you'll have more mud than you can believe when it rains a lot.
     
    03-19-2010, 10:11 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
If you make a 1/4 acre paddock, just leave the grass....your horse will eat it to the roots in no time at all and it will be gone. Try to pick a place that drains well or you'll have more mud than you can believe when it rains a lot.
I was wondering if that would work, but it'll grow back so I was wondering if there was an alternative. I can have Starlite clean it up in no time for Dream but when it grows back I don't want Dream eating it.
     
    03-19-2010, 10:23 PM
  #5
Foal
At that size and if you don't keep your horse of free choice hay then you're not going to get much growth. As the horse eats it down to the roots, the grass will die.
     
    03-19-2010, 10:47 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Or you could apply something to kill the grass and cover it with pea gravel, crusher fines, peanut hulls, sawdust, shavings, or something that will keep it a "dry" lot. Make sure it gets great drainage.
     
    03-20-2010, 05:50 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DakotaLuv    
At that size and if you don't keep your horse of free choice hay then you're not going to get much growth. As the horse eats it down to the roots, the grass will die.
Exactly...the grass will be gone, and anything she doesn't eat (like weeds) will be trampled to death and be gone, too. You really don't need to do anything at all.
     
    03-20-2010, 06:46 AM
  #8
Started
She's 24 years old. Why not cut back her grain or hay intake?
Horses are meant and made to graze all day.
     
    03-20-2010, 06:49 AM
  #9
Showing
Last fall I acquired 2 minis for a friend and put them in a small grassy paddock to keep them separated from the horses for a time. Within 2 weeks, the grass was gone and never came back.

One horse on a 1/4 acre will keep the grass from ever having to be worried about. However, if your grass grows quicker then you like, put a second horse in there for a short time.
     
    03-20-2010, 06:51 AM
  #10
Started
XD I have a solution, why don't you just bring them to my house? We can't grow grass!
     

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