Okay, so to start out with I own three horses. Their pasture is about maybe five acres? I know, it sounds small but you have to hear the whole story. Well during the summer the grass explodes, like literally. We have to mow it about every other week to keep it from swallowing my horses whole! No kidding, it gets really high. I guess this is because it is next to a swamp so the land is fertile (And we live down in Florida so the sunshine and lots of rain help some too).
Well to sum it up I LOVE my pasture during the summer. My horses stay nice and fat and they get plenty of what they naturally need. But during the winter, I get quite saddened. You see, we don't get as much rain so their pasture becomes lifeless. The grass will get short and we never have to mow because the grass doesn't grow. So this is when my horses weight starts to drop. Their ribs start to gradually show so then I load them up on hay. They get several flakes a day along with their grain but it still doesn't seem to satisfy their bodies.
So I guess what I am asking is how to keep my pasture in nice condition during the winter? I would love for the grass to stay lush and plentiful like during the summer, but is that possible? I can't fertilize it though because won't that poison the horses? Help