Paddock vs. Pasture vs. Pen vs. Field vs. everything else - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 15 Old 02-20-2016, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Paddock vs. Pasture vs. Pen vs. Field vs. everything else

As far as I know it...

pasture = enclosed grassy area, regardless of size
paddock = enclosed dirt/sand area, again regardless of size
pen = small enclosure, usually dirt
field = unenclosed large grassy area

So I was just curious to know if anyone else used different words or the same words with different meanings.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-20-2016, 07:56 PM
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That's pretty much how out goes here.

But we also have what we call a "run". A dirt or sand outside attachment to a stall.
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-20-2016, 08:01 PM
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Out here in the arid West, it's more like:

Pasture = big fenced area with the remains of dry grass in it (which probably means at least five acres)
Paddock = something English with grass in, probably has a white board fence. Never really seen one except in pictures.
Pen = small sand or dirt enclosure
Field = interchangeable with pasture, unless it is described as unfenced.
What is unenclosed is *range*
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-20-2016, 10:29 PM
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Here in Australia: paddock = field = grassy area usually over an acre. Pretty much everywhere in Australia is fenced. We don't use pasture or pen.

A small enclosure with dirt or grass is called a yard.
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-20-2016, 10:33 PM
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Out here in the arid West, it's more like:

Pasture = big fenced area with the remains of dry grass in it (which probably means at least five acres)
Paddock = something English with grass in, probably has a white board fence. Never really seen one except in pictures.
Pen = small sand or dirt enclosure
Field = interchangeable with pasture, unless it is described as unfenced.
What is unenclosed is *range*
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In my neck of the woods, "pasture" is a large grassy area for horses to graze. "Corral" is an enclosed small dirt area.

And that's about it. We don't really use the terms paddock or pen.

And when people talk about "field", it's usually a field where crops are planted/harvested... Not where livestock graze.
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-21-2016, 01:06 AM
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A pasture is a fenced area of land. It could be big, it could be small. But it's a place for your horse to live and eat and eat whatever grass grows there. A field could also be considered a pasture. The main difference being that horse owners say pasture and everyone else says field. Paddock is not a term we use. A pen would be a small enclosure.
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Where I am (Saskatchewan), we have:

Pasture -- large area usually measured in acres and fenced with wire (barbed, page, electric) as the norm
Corral -- anywhere from small to medium size (in comparison to the pasture) and fenced with post/rails or metal panels or page/diamond fencing
Field -- main purpose is to grow crops but livestock may be turned out on it after the crop is taken off
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post #9 of 15 Old 02-21-2016, 10:10 AM
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We have:

Pasture-large fenced in areas of grass

Corrals-smaller than pasture, square in shape, ours have grass in them but quickly turn into dry lots if the horses are shut in.

Dry lot-fenced in area where, in my case, the minis live 24/7 and there is no grass or weeds growing.

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-21-2016, 10:23 AM
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We have:

Pasture - usually 5-10 acres, can be "fenced & cross fenced"

Field - where they grow crops, not for horses usually

Range - more out west where they have large tracts of land (sq miles) wide open

Run - an attached dirt area behind a barn stall

In & Out - Stall with an attached run

Corrals - small fenced areas for horses, can be for single or multiple horses

Pipe corrals - area for horses that is enclosed with panels made of pipe rather than fenced

Mare Motel - Pipe corrals that have a "roof" over the top of them, usually configured so that at least 12 ft of the corral is covered, aisle is covered and 12 feet of the corral across the aisle is covered. Real handy in climates like AZ & So Cal.

Don't use Paddock or Yard, unless I really do turn them out to mow the grass in my front or back yard. Rarely use pen, unless referring to cattle.

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