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    04-03-2013, 04:01 PM
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Trained
I wanted to add that I pulled up and discarded all weeds. I've been de-burring this pasture for several years, and I took the occassion to eridicate every noxious weed I could find. I don't consider dandelions a weed in a horse pasture. Any edible weed that doesn't send up a shoot and seeds that blow, like thistles, I also left.
     
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    04-06-2013, 12:58 PM
  #12
Foal
Well, I talked with my university extension office the other day and he said that they will help me, he and a grazing expert will be able to come out by the end of this month and actually look at my set up and can write up a grazing plan for me, and its all for free!! Now, I'm hoping he doesn't suggest I till everything up and start over, but he thought that my pasture had a good variety of forage, so all I may need is to fertilize and lay some lime. I will find out later this month what they think and come back.
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    05-10-2013, 10:18 AM
  #13
Foal
The extension people came out last week and took a look at my pasture, he feels it is ok right now, and I frost seeded some white dutch clover to add in some drought/trample resistant forage for them per their advice. They are going to come back out to take a look before I put them on pasture for the first time.

Anyone care to come up with a plan for rotation?

These are what I came up with but there are potential problems, such as water, and needing to go through another pasture to get to the other.

Here's one


And here's another idea
     
    05-10-2013, 11:12 AM
  #14
Foal
Why not diagonally split it it other way? I wouldn't split it at the corner but near the site of water so that one line could serve both pastures. It looks like you could put a gate in that corner for the second pasture.
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    05-10-2013, 11:14 AM
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I like the first layout better. But I'd consider your proposed north/ south fence being switched to an east/west fence. My only reason being you could put your water trough in the fence so it's accessible from both pastures.
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    05-10-2013, 02:40 PM
  #16
Foal
So something more like this...



I do like this better than some of the others, I will just have to go through more gates to get them where I want them. I only plan on grazing them at night because the grass has less sugar in it during that time, so they will be dry-lotted during the day and out at night for the most part, at least until I acclimate them to grass.
     
    05-10-2013, 03:42 PM
  #17
Trained
MUCH better with 3 divisions. You can rest one or two at at time.
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    05-14-2013, 07:35 PM
  #18
Foal
Here's my thoughts. Of course, I didn't have a "blank" shot of your property, so just ignore your ideas that are in the background

This is similar to what we did when we had a pen that was 'way far away' Here you still have 3 pens. But you leave your dry lot open. They walk back there for water. You just put in some temporary (for perminate) posts with some lot line. Ours was about 5-6ft wide. It doesn't take up a ton of room, makes no problems with having to provide water all over the place (and keeping it larva free!)
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