We have excellent pasture grass, and I mean excellent! Last summer, even with the drought, the grass would be waist high in some places and about knee high in others and we would have to bush hog. Now, the horses (two minis, who think all there is to life is eating CONSTANTLY), are making it a muddy mess. Right now there is no snow on the ground and there is green grass, it's not like the whole thing is nothing but mud, but still, it's being badly damaged. We only have a little over 2 acres (unfortunately) and not all of that is fenced for pasture. Although my two have muzzles on and get fed hay, they'll still go out and graze a bit once they've eaten their morning hay. The pasture closest to the fence is just complete mud (but it's not that much). This morning they were galloping like mad around their pasture and I could see chunks of ground flying up. So my question is, do you think the pasture will grow back come spring? My plan was to buy a barrel horse in early spring because the kind of pasture we've had for the last two years would definitely support another mouth. Getting a horse I can actually ride is very important to me and I really hope the grass will grow back OK. When does your pasture usually start to grow back after winter? Is there anything I can do to help my pasture to grow back OK? And if I went ahead and bought a horse I though maybe I could just set a round bale out for them to keep them away from the grass (if possible). Also, we're in the process of getting a barn built (right now I have a couple of mini sized run ins), once the barn is up they will be taken off the grass and only allowed to eat so much a day which will help but right now there's no place to put them off the pasture. Advice is really appreciated as this could delay me in getting a horse.