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Horses and steers
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dig    Posted 06-18-2002 at 12:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know zip about horses. Had a couple move into the neighborhood with a pair of geldings. They wanted to rent the pasture next to their house for the summer for the horses. They were told by the owner that he wouldn't rent to them because he was going to run steers in the pasture and "horses and cows don't mix." Would someone explain why?

Jerry S    Posted 06-19-2002 at 13:46:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of course as well, whenever you put animals together even of the same species, they will have to establish the pecking order. I have had a horse end up with horn damage from a cow and all sorts of other fun stuff like cut legs from an animal getting ran clear through the fence when mixing them together for the first time. We got to where we would bring new cattle in and keep them in an adjoining fenced area before letting them all together so they'd not be totally strange although they still might fight a little.

kraig WY    Posted 06-18-2002 at 20:53:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horses and cows get alone together however horses eat more then cows. If I had limited grass and wanted to run steers I would put any horses on the grass either. I don't know where your at but you arn't gonna feed many cows on 7 acres here. they go by AUM or "animal unit month". How many animals you can run per month. IE one cow/calf par per one month is 1 AUM. Here in Northeast Wyoming its 40 AMU. That means it takes 40 acres to support a cow/calf pair or one horse or 5 sheep. Hope that helps.

Shelby Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 18:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only problem you might have is if the horses were trained to herd cows (cutting or ranch horses). Then the horses will chase the cows to the point of exhaustion.


Clem    Posted 06-18-2002 at 14:52:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Around here we run them together all the time.

GusandEdie    Posted 06-18-2002 at 13:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not only are the hooves of a horse harder on the pasture, but a horse will eat the grass down to the dirt where a cow will not.

dig    Posted 06-18-2002 at 17:16:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
That makes sense. The pasture is only about 7 acres and if the horses eat the grass down to nothing then there's nothing for the steers to get fat on.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 12:52:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is done all the time. Horses are harder on a pasture then cows are due to the choping action of their hoofs. Mark H.

Danny in CO    Posted 06-18-2002 at 12:34:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not very knowledgable about cows (except they taste good), but my neighbor has had cows and horses in the same pasture for the last 6 years. I haven't heard of any problems.

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