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post #1 of 3 Old 04-13-2013, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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More pasture, less hay?

I just got access to 11 acres adjacent to the back of my 2.5 acres. It is split into 3 different pastures and spotty grass. I'll post pics later of the grass and pastures this evening as I'm still at work.

They get 2 qts of feed each morning and evening plus weight supplements for a couple that are underweight and not sure the effect having more grazing will have on that either.

I have 5 horses and will rotate them between my 2 pastures and the 3 pastures on that property. Will this allow me to cut back on the amount of hay being put out? What has been your experience with this adjustment? I've always thought it best for 2 acres per horse, but I'm used to full gassy pastures in North Ms., not this sandy, patchy grassed pastures here in the panhandle.

I have 2 half rolls of hay left in each of my pastures now that I'm sure will be gone by Monday while I'm cleaning up some loose ends in the new property. I guess I could get 1 roll and have it available for them and see how it plays out. My hay supply is just about 3 miles up the road and this time of year there are starting to be an abundance of ads for hay everywhere. I can always grab a roll any evening after work to take out to them.

I appreciate any all insight on this one.

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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They are all going to eat less hay and work harder on eating the grass. They will be a lot more selective in the hay they eat as well wasting what they gobbled down happily right before the gate was opened. Leave the rounds out and see if they'll clean them up. A new bale might last over a month so don't put one out if it's just going to spoil in the rain and humidity. Test them with some hay after they've been out and if they park themselves at the feeder, than the pastures aren't providing enough and they need some hay. If they pass on it, save it for later.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-14-2013, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking along those lines, but wanted to make sure it was smart thinking or wishful thinking...lol

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