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Horse Pasture newby question.
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DJ    Posted 02-06-2002 at 20:02:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are moving to a home and acreage soon. We've boarded our horse at a public boarding stable.

We have about three acres fenced and one cross fence and polebarn. We don't know what is planted in the pasture, it's been used for cows.
It was cut for hay this spring.

My question is, should we keep the horse in the barn and turn him out a few hours a day till he gets used to whatever is planted there, or should we just let him go and not worry about it?

And should horses be brought in during rain or soggy days to keep the pasture in good condition, or does it matter?

Thank you


Forgot to mention-PCC-AL    Posted 02-07-2002 at 05:39:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
in my previous reply, if you would like to take a look at our pride and joy for many years, search on Yahoo for Joramir.

DJ    Posted 02-08-2002 at 07:53:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is he a solid white arabian?

Is he a race horse?

I am really horse dumb. LOL

PCC-AL    Posted 02-09-2002 at 03:41:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
He was a white (really gray) purebred Egyptian stallion. He was a show horse and quite famous in his own right. His show days are over now. I buried him in the pasture just outside our bedroom window.

Oh    Posted 02-09-2002 at 08:41:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm sorry to hear it. You surely must have loved this guy very much.


Dave    Posted 02-07-2002 at 04:10:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have about the same set up as you have. Same as changing hay supplies, work them into it slowly. The change from barn stored hay to green grass can bring on collic if it is too quick. As said before, everyone has their own ideas. We start in the spring with a few hours on the weekends when we can keep an eye on them, and work up from there. When the pasture is wet, they stay out. Compaction of the pasture will result in a very slow growing hay crop, and it will need to be sub-soiled often. As it is I need to pull the sub soiler through the pasture every 3 to 5 years. If the pasture has been grazed and subjected to much tractor traffic, you might benifit from having it done early this spring. Check with the local ag. agent, they can be much help.

DJ    Posted 02-08-2002 at 07:29:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I feel so dumb. Boy do I have a lot to learn. Everyone has given me excellent advice and have spared me a lot of grief.

Thank you so much.

Dave    Posted 02-09-2002 at 04:46:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Heck, we all learned the same stuff the same way you are learning it, by asking questions! So many great folks with wonderful advice out there to help. Burrhead spent alot of time talking me through pasture renovation here, I dont think he will ever realize how much help he was! Take a look at We used the wide tape on T-posts with top caps and 1 high tensil wire high and 1 low. Never had a problem after we switched to this set up from high tensil only fence, and it looks good. We also have one of their portable kits with the fiberglass poles and 1" tape with a 12volt charger built into the trailer for when we go camping in the mountains (and when Kris wants the yard mowed) Very handy!
What part of the country are you in?

DJ    Posted 02-09-2002 at 08:38:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Dave,

We've lived in the Kansas City area almost 20 years. We have a home in Lenexa Ks.

This county has grown sooo much in the past 6 or so years, and lately I've been getting more and more stressed out from people crowding me in.

In December we started looking for a place away from the congestion. We found a home three miles from a place called Hillsdale Lake. It's corp of engineer lake.

It's only 23 miles south of this home. And we aren't selling this home, rather we're renting it to my adult daughter and her family.

I feel that if I don't get out of the city, I'll get sick. The lenexa home is almost a stones throw from I-35.

How bout yourself?

Dave    Posted 02-09-2002 at 13:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live in Colorado, some 35 miles south of Denver. Moved here from Burnsville Minnesota, about 4 blocks off I-35. Same thing as you, things got way to crowded, and the Mn winters finally got to us. We had been vacationing in the CO mountains for many years with the kids when they were young and finally moved here some years back. Now it has become a fad to move to the country here, and the building is at an uncontroled pace, no place to hide! You will feel like a kid again with all the chores that need to be done, but I would never live in the city again! I hope the wind that we are having now misses you, it has pealed all the shingles off the west side of the roof this am. Saw the wheel barrow shoot across the pasture an hour ago, will have to go searching for it later.
Enjoy your new life, its like a new beginning!
Dave and Kris

DJ    Posted 02-10-2002 at 10:25:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hear ya. And I can relate to feeling like a kid again. I'll be playing outside almost everyday with my projects and animals........

I can NOT wait. I've started my tomatoe seed last week and we're waiting for the chicks to come in at Jeffries, we think we'll get a couple dozen.

I've started saving egg cartons, and my daughter will keep hers to give to us.

I'm so glad we're relocating in time to take advantage of the spring.

I truly do feel like a kid, ;-)

PCC-AL    Posted 02-07-2002 at 02:49:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi DJ,
I agree with Buck, but would like to offer a couple of ideas. These are basic to horse owners, so forgive me if I am too elementary.
I guess that you have been living in the city and maybe this is your first move toward open space. Since you have been boarding your horse, it is obviously important to you that it not get injured. Fence for cattle is not always suitable for horses. Don't be offended, but horses are not very intelligent creatures. If a horse gets tangled in a fence, he will panic and fight it until he frees himself or injures himself. Check out the fence. No barb wire, but electric is o.k. It also needs to be high enough that he won't be tempted to jump it. We always had boards of 1" x 8" oak around our horse pasture with smooth wire between them. Hog wire is a no no also as a horse can get his hoof hung. Finally, don't leave a halter on your horse when he is out in the pasture. They like to scratch their heads with a hind foot. Bad things can happen.
Sorry for the long post. Good luck.

DJ    Posted 02-08-2002 at 07:40:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks PCC for the advice, you have me pegged right. I am new, this is our first to the open spaces.

I am grateful for the advice, you don't know how much. ;0)

Yeah, we love our horses and it would break us up if we were negligent to cause a tragic accident to occur. I couldn't live with myself.

Thanks for your input.


Donna    Posted 02-07-2002 at 12:42:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
PCC-AL~ Is right on this, I had what he is talking
about happen to my little Appy and it ruined her leg, and make sure the wire is above the chest or he will more than likely take a leap and if it is
metal T post, this is most dangerous, as to gore himself with, I have witnessed this and it is an ugly site, and Make sure above all your horse has it's upto date tetnus shots, I lost an American Bred Saddle to this, Many years ago, everything on my place gets a tetnus shot, including me, and I would not want to wish this type of death on anyone animal.

DJ    Posted 02-08-2002 at 07:44:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank-you Donna. Wow, I don't have to experience what you're saying, to know that I want to avoid this at all costs.

It's too bad you had to go through this, but you are in a position to help others, like me, to make the right environment for these guys.

Thank you very much for your help.

buck    Posted 02-06-2002 at 21:12:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

as you probably already know when you talk horses everyone has a different idea so I'll just say what I do. I have 2 horses on about 4 acres with about 3 open pasture and 1 wooded and also has a small live stream Their stalls are open to he pasture with a small fenced area adjacent to the stalls. One horse is subject to founder so I pen him in for 12 to 14 hrs a day during spring when grass is growing. The other horse remains in the pasture. Along about july they both have free run of the pasture and their stalls. they like to pick the places they eat and dispose of what they eat so I don't have to clean the stables vey often. their winter hay I take from another field.They seem to prefer going to the woods over their stalls even in the worst weather. Considering that your pasture is fenced so you can use part for pasture you may want to reserve the rest to put up for winter because horses tend to eat the part they like into the ground and let the rest grow.

DJ    Posted 02-08-2002 at 07:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank-you Buck.

From the looks of the other posters, I have to put up another fence before we take the horses down there.

We have two sections of pasture. They are barbed wire. Looks like we can't use this. I will fence in the smaller section. It's about 3/4 acre.

Will two horses do ok in this area, till we can get the larger three acres fenced in?


buck    Posted 02-08-2002 at 18:55:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Sure they will be ok but keep a close watch on them as you may have to supplement their food supply. On you fencing you man want to check the post below on High tensil fence. The horse fence in the link given looks very promising. I am needing to replace some board fence and think I will go that route.

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