I've got 4.5 acres of dedicated North Texas pasture that I rotated in half for the 1st year, but opened all together for my 2nd year on this property and it's doing well as I head into year 3. I use my sacrifice paddock anytime the pasture is even remotely wet - don't let hooves tear up your grass! I mow more often than most (before plants go to seed, as soon as tall patches start forming, sometimes as often as 7-10 days if we're having good rain in spring) but the resulting lush pasture with fat, shiny horses is worth it. Drag when rain is in the forecast, as rain helps dissolve the scattered manure.
Started offering grass hay in September, but my two didn't start eating it until October, and now they are chowing down since the grass finally turned brown. Should have green grass again by March and can generally stop feeding hay by end of April. Easy keeper currently gets 1/2 lb 10% protein pellet, old mare 2 lbs Triple Crown Senior twice a day, plus a flake of alfalfa every 3rd meal or so.
~Reserved Cash, 2011 AQHA gelding~
~Lark, 20-something Arabian mare~