09-03-2012, 06:48 PM
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How long to keep off pasture after mowing...
So the property owner mowed a few of my pastures. Two of them are fine, the grass that was mown was either very thin or in the 'urine spots' and the horses won't eat that anyway. But the other two (usually leaving the gate open to make one large one) had rather thick, tall grass, with some blackberry patches... The grass was not picked up, but left where it lay. So my question is, when is it safe to put horses back on this pasture? I could be wrong, but I thought that downed grass could heat up and cause issues if the horses eat it. The two that would be going on that pasture are hard keepers, but right now I have to have them on their winter pastures, which are supposed to be resting now, because they're the only two pastures where I can plug in a tank heater...