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post #1 of 16 Old 06-11-2012, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Mowing pastures??!

So...mildly panicked here...apparently the people that own the 5 acre pasture my horse is on decided today was a good day to have some guy come and mow all "my" pretty daises and all nice tall grass down, without warning me first?...

I have never ever heard of that before. Is that really a "thing"?
A quick Google search told me that it was probably fine but still WHAT?
Why on earth would you mow down so much "food"?
Google told me it was because once the grass seeds, it decides that it's done working and doesn't grow anymore so mowing helps it grow better?...?

Now all the grass is about 5 inches tall, it's just tall enough that the shortest clover flowers I need to keep Miss L off it for a while? I'm supposed to be getting my foster horse this weekend and I was kinda counting on all that grass...
I do have a small drylot-like area that I can confine Lacey/both of them if overgrazing is a possibility in this scenario.
I had planned on doing a rotation between the 3 pastures (the drylot is a 4th "paddock" thing), with horses on each pasture for two weeks, then rotate to the next pasture so each pasture will get a 4 week break between being grazed...will that still work?

I'm still worried...will the grass grow back well? It's not supposed to do much more raining here...
I was freaking out so much when I just went up there and found mower guy still mowing (he was there earlier and I figured he was just mowing the big weeds, but oh no) and that he had mowed down all 3 of my gorgeous pastures...
I kinda feel like I had long flowing hair and someone shaved my head while I was sedated...

Make me feel better? Will my "hair" grow back?

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-11-2012, 11:46 PM
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uhm.... it's GRASS.

Grass is SUPPOSED to be mowed. If you don't mow it, it will cease to grow or you'll end up with horridly, long deadish ick. Mowing also reduces weeds which you don't want.

There are two kinds of property where I live, those who leave theirs untouched or kinda grazed and it's long, mostly dead and ick and then theirs mine, mowed on a regular basis, thick and green. Same grass, same amount of rain.... the difference is mowing!

Oh and mowing reduces mice!!
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Mowing a pasture promotes good growth, your horse will have more grazing. No need to worry.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-12-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Whew! That's a relief!
I had no idea of these things. I know people mow their lawns, I do, but other than that I've never heard of grass just being mowed for any reason other than the aesthetics of a home owner.
Hah, I'm such a n00b.

I look forward to seeing it come back, I miss it and it's only been a matter of hours. hahaha

Thanks for letting me in on this "secret"!! :)

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I think it will be okay.. but yes thinking about all the critters that have possibly died is sad.. but life goes on.

So excited for your Miss Lady to get here!

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-12-2012, 12:37 AM
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Mowing also helps minimize the amount of insects, mainly Mosquitos.
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I mow most of my pasture area, because they can't graze it down enough. I rotate the two smaller pastures and it gets kept down sufficiently. I put them in when the grass gets over 4" and take them off when it gets down to 2" or less. The large pasture I bushhog and use it when the growth rate slows so the the 3 acre pastures get a break to catch up.

Keeping the grass cut or sufficiently grazed cuts down on weeds and gives you better pasture.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-12-2012, 05:42 AM
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You need to mow because if the weeds get to tall they sprout seeds and slowly take over the pasture. Also, horses prefer shorter grass because it's sweeter which promotes more even grazing and therefore more grass for them to choose from (in theory).

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post #9 of 16 Old 06-12-2012, 07:04 AM
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Mowing fields does two things reduces weeds , creates even grazing oh and reduces the chances of ticks. okay so 3 things lol
I mow my big fields all the time. I used to have a huge issue with ... dang it whats that yellow wild flowers that are bad for horses anyways cutting reduces that. Its a good thing.

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