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    07-16-2012, 03:35 PM
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Weanling
Maintaing Pasture

I've only had my horses at home since April and I have some questions on keeping up my pastures.

I have 2 horses in a little over an acre paddock while we're fencing off the rest of our property. The paddock is getting rather weedy, especially with bull nettles, and it needs to be mowed. I'm afraid to spray for weeds b/c it's the only turn out I have at the moment, and I don't want to end up accidently poisoning my horses. I don't want to mow then have to rake up the grass clippings over an entire acre. Although I could do it a small section at a time. I also don't want it to get ruined b/c it's not being kept up properly.

Can anyone advise how they maintain their paddocks/pastures?
     
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    07-16-2012, 03:52 PM
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Yearling
I always drag once a week and mow once every two weeks. I never rake. I just always drag after I mow. And I have a beautiful pasture
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    07-16-2012, 03:58 PM
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Green Broke
I had mine done last month.

It is best to spray right after you mow.
I forgot the name of the stuff the guy used, but it wasn't toxic to animals. I was allowed to turn them out right away. But my goat weed and thistle came back.
The spray he was going to use but didn't, they only needed to be off of it for about 4 hours.
I could call and ask if you want the name of stuff.

If you a place close by that sells fertilizer and sprays, I would call and ask them. They can help you pick the right stuff and tell you how to mix it to be the most effective.
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    07-16-2012, 03:59 PM
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Trained
All the herbicides I've seen say they are safe for livestock once it has dried...your feedstore or a store like TSC should be able to recommend.
We just mow the weeds, every week in the spring when they are really growing, as needed otherwise.
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    07-16-2012, 04:15 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
I always drag once a week and mow once every two weeks. I never rake. I just always drag after I mow. And I have a beautiful pasture
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what do you drag with? Is it a tractor attachment? We don't have a real tractor, just a large John Deere mower..
     
    07-16-2012, 06:13 PM
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Green Broke
Loyal Drag Harrow, 4 ft. X 8 ft. - 2128634 | Tractor Supply Company

Drag with that, it chops up the horse poo, way easier than picking it up. You can pull it with a decent sized riding lawnmower. I have a 20 hp walmart special that does fine. I don't care what the labels say, I wouldnt put my horses on anything I have sprayed for at least a week and preferably after a rain. Just drag it and mow it, don't worry about the weeds. Get your other field fenced before winter or you'll have a mud hole.
     
    07-16-2012, 06:43 PM
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Green Broke
I pull that same drag with an ATV. I have a Polaris 700 as I have to plow snow in the winter with it but my friend has a 200 that pulls the drag just fine unless the weeds are really thick/tangled and then it bogs down and you have to go clean out the drag.
     
    07-16-2012, 07:56 PM
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Green Broke
I friend of mine uses a few small paddocks of about 4 acres each. He drags them with heavy wood pallets behind a four-wheeler or their smallish tractor. I have another friend whose father in law drags a pallet behind his pick up on the calving ground (because he appreciates a heater at 80 years of age!) Their paddocks and the calving ground look good.

They get them free from businesses who get freight on them.
     
    07-16-2012, 09:05 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Remy410    
what do you drag with? Is it a tractor attachment? We don't have a real tractor, just a large John Deere mower..
We actually use an old chain link gate. Its one of the big ones, about a 6x8. And you put the fence side down, its like a cheese grater to the poop. And it also picks up sticks, twigs, dead grass. Works great. And much cheaper than a drag (especially since we just had it laying around). Lol
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    07-16-2012, 09:21 PM
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Trained
^^^ That is what we use. I've also seen people use bare coiled box spring mattresses
     

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