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    09-06-2012, 10:28 PM
  #1
Yearling
Pasture becoming dangerous???

So pastures where I board are extremely over grown and by extremely I mean like 3 ft high over grown! I was wondering if this is getting dangerous for the horses? I know one thing is was not fun to trail ride around the field in it yesterday that's for sure!
     
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    09-06-2012, 10:33 PM
  #2
Yearling
Of there's holes and branches or things on the ground the horses would hurt themselves on then yeah.

But if not i'm sure they're fine. Specially if they know the pasture.
     
    09-06-2012, 10:45 PM
  #3
Yearling
We try to keep our pastures brush hogged after things get to be in the 1-2' range. For one, we planted grass seed this past spring and letting the weeds get too tall chokes out the good grass. Then we also have grasshoppers galore so keeping the pastures maintained helps with that. And riding gets a little tricky. Our black clay gets a lot of cracks and holes in the summer from drought and I like to be able to see these. So I don't know, it may not be dangerous so much, probably more of a nuisance after it gets too tall. They don't really eat the tall stuff anyway.
     
    09-06-2012, 11:50 PM
  #4
Yearling
I worry about holes cause I know theres holes cause I've fallen in them and so have the horses. I also worry about having to walk through it to catch my horses and stepping on a snake. Which could be bad cause we have both rattlers and copperheads here. I wish I knew why the BOs won't mow it down they've got the tractor and stuff to do it. Sad thing is there would have been good hay if they had mowed the fields off before the weeds took over.
     
    09-06-2012, 11:57 PM
  #5
Started
Being an Aussie, I'd be worrying about snakes too, and ticks in addition to holes and hidden obstacles. Sounds like the place isn't very well cared for by the BOs - would you trust them to take care of your horse better than their paddock? Or would proper care be too much effort for them? I'd be moving, myself.
     
    09-07-2012, 12:21 AM
  #6
Yearling
I would move but this place is so convent. Its 10 mins for my horse and 5 mins from the school I work at. And well the best part is the owners only charge me 150 a month for both my horses to stay there. Pretty good deal if you ask me. Lol They actually take great care of the horses, mine included. They're an older couple so I guess taking care of the pastures aren't as easy for them as it used to be.
     
    09-07-2012, 12:24 AM
  #7
Started
Would it be possible for you to do it for them, in exchange for discounted board or something? Perhaps over a few weekends or something.
     
    09-07-2012, 12:27 AM
  #8
Yearling
I would love to do it for them! I'd clean the whole place up if they didn't mind! Unfortunately I have no idea how to drive a tractor. Lol
     
    09-07-2012, 12:46 AM
  #9
Yearling
It is time consuming to do it, especially if it's 10+ acres. We taught our 15 year old son to run the tractor. Problem solved. ;)
     
    09-07-2012, 01:05 AM
  #10
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We try to spray for the weeds in the spring. Any that come back late, get brush-hogged now. Husband (and his 17 yr old helper he has that is trying to learn how to work) have been brush-hogging every day for about 3 hours. Ours is not bad, but the 80 acre lease next door was really grown up.

We hate to see the weeds compete with the grass.
We hate to see the weeds get mature and go to seed.
We have seen many horses and cattle, too, that have gotten scratched eyes and eye infections in the fall from reaching for grass through the tall weeds. Horses seem to negotiate the rough ground quite well. Their eyes do not fare nearly as well.
     

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