So I'm moving my mare. Here's the situation: last year the pasture was irrigated and used for cattle. This year its just sitting. Hasn't been irrigated in quite a while but irrigation is easy to set back up. Its a grass/hay mixture. 99% dried out and knee high. Nothing has been on it a while so its quite overgrown. Not very many weeds though surprisingly.
My questions: what should I do to get the pasture usable again? What are my founder and colic risks? My mare has been on pasture before but is currently on a dry lot with free fed hay. She's an easy keeper either way. I know drought grass has higher sugar and she's always been on irrigated pasture so this is my biggest concern.
Also do I really need to mow down all of the dead stuff or will she pick through it and trample it down? She has plenty of clear areas to stand even if I didn't mow it.
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