12-25-2011, 11:55 PM
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What we did when first establishing our pasture was designate a certain area (in our case 2 acres for 9 horses) for a sacrifice lot, and divided the rest of the pasture up into three sections with electric fencing. Plant grass and water it. Allow it to take and grow fairly long (took about 3 1/2 weeks for us, and this was in early spring), then we allowed the horses into one of the three seconds (a 5 acre piece) We now rotate the horses in each of the three fields, moving them every three days. The horses are closed into the dry lot during the night, but have hay readily available at all times. Waters are in the dry lot that opens up to all three pastures and remains open. This way the animals get 10-12 hours of grazing, but the pasture is given a break for almost a week then eaten for three. It may not work for someone with less acreage or more horses, but it's been great for us!