Pasture has the potential to provide
1. The horses nutrition
2. A Safe exercise area
Potentials rarely achieved, often neglected

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Pasture Management

by Denis Lindsell
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Grazing Systems



Grazing by Other Species

Excess grass may be grazed by other species, namely cattle or sheep. A big advantage here is that parasitic worm eggs from horses will not survive if eaten by these species (the parasites are species specific). They will also eat the grass that horses refuse to eat, either because it is too old and rough, or because it is too close to their droppings.
Horses will steer well clear of their own droppings when grazing (this reduces the risk of picking up worm eggs). They will however graze close to the droppings of cattle or sheep. Similarly, cattle or sheep will graze close to horse droppings.

Horses can be grazed with these other species (mixed grazing), a situation that is most likely to be helpful if neither rotational or strip grazing systems are used to control grazing and allow paddocks to rest.
Other species are more likely to be used as part of a rotational grazing system.
The choice of which species to consider (cattle or sheep) is likely to depend on which species is available, and whether the fencing of the paddocks is suitable for sheep. For this latter reason, cattle are possibly the obvious choice.

The difficulty with grazing other species in your horse paddocks is likely to be the fencing. Fencing suitable for horses isunlikely to keep sheep in. Conversely, the fencing traditionally used for sheep is not very suitable for horses (netting and barbed wire). Depending on the species and temperment, electric fencing may provide the answer.