Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northwest Florida
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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