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post #11 of 13 Old 05-16-2012, 08:46 PM
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Yes, you can graze horses in trees, with special management. It's called silvopasture:

Silvopasture » USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC)

I would NOT clear all of it out. The land is developed under trees and removing all of them would make it susceptible to erosion, weed infestation and loss of grasses. You can selectively clear it out, though to make it a little easier to move about, and to help sun get to the lowest plant level so that the grass can grow stronger.

Silvopasture is actually quite genius!
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-16-2012, 09:48 PM
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Word of caution, try to keep a minimum of the branches on the ground, when you clean it out (say once a week) you will want to throw them over the fence or make a burning pile. If a horse steps on them, a branch could fly up and hit them in the face, and it is not the best walking material for them.

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post #13 of 13 Old 05-16-2012, 10:07 PM
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I grew up in WVA. Our land was mostly wood. The cattle and horses had no problems with it. Our dad fenced most of it off with electric. We did have an area around the barn that was cleared out, but that was mostly for feeding and so we could get the tractor through.

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