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post #11 of 12 Old 12-26-2013, 08:29 AM
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I would cross fence that acre into 4 paddocks, and rotate them every few days. That is your only hope to have some grass.

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post #12 of 12 Old 01-05-2014, 09:48 AM
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I've boarded my horses for over 12 years. My horses aren't getting cared for how I like and until now I haven't been able to bring them home. I have 2 quarter horses and about an acre of land. I was going to plant seed maybe a timothy alfalfa mix I'm not sure what kind to exactly. I'm curious if any one knows how to go about planting seed and anything else I may need to know about before I bring my horses home? Do I need to get my soil tested? Thanks so much for any help I plan to bring them home come spring or summer and I read the best time to plant is between march and april. I guess I should also post I live in PA
Contact your county extension agent. They can be very helpful in advising you of what is your regions optimal grass for horses. Also you can have them do a soil sample or you can do it and give it to them and test you nutrient level in your soil. This test will give you a guide of what kind of fertilizer you will need to apply to maintain a strong stand of grass. The extension agent can also give you an indication of the # of horses/acre. This varies from region to region. We are a 1.5-2 acres per horse in sw ohio. But in Kansas where I come from the acres per animal is much higher due to drought conditions. An acres per horse may be okay for you in PA...may want to consider breaking your pasture space up so you can rotationally graze so you don't 'wear' your pasture down so quickly. Good luck! Always fun having your horses at home! I say go for it!
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