More pasture, less hay?
   

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

More pasture, less hay?

This is a discussion on More pasture, less hay? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Horse forum more hay

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Left Hand Percherons

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-13-2013, 03:53 PM
  #1
Started
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.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    04-13-2013, 06:16 PM
  #2
Yearling
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.
Roadyy likes this.
     
    04-14-2013, 08:34 AM
  #3
Started
Thanks for the advice. I was thinking along those lines, but wanted to make sure it was smart thinking or wishful thinking...lol
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4 acres - hay or pasture? jillybean19 Farm Forum 17 02-23-2013 09:07 PM
Pasture Board and Feeding Hay LGRQh Barn Maintenance 5 11-08-2012 10:38 AM
Pasture with minimal hay ok? Remy410 Horse Nutrition 6 01-20-2012 11:42 PM
Manure Fork question as well as Hay to Pasture nyg052003 Horse Health 7 08-17-2011 10:42 AM
Pasture/Pellets/Hay Question jofielder7 Horse Health 0 10-14-2007 04:00 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0