Horse Paddock Care - Maintenance
Horse paddock care maintenance is key to keeping your horses fit and healthy. By making sure that the pasture provides a dense and nutritious sward, without having to regularly over- seed and fertilise, will also help to keep weeds to a minimum and the soil free from parasites.
Clear horse droppings on a daily basis.
Always provide fresh water and shelter.
If possible provide adequate drainage of soil.
If you have sufficient land, work out a rotation plan or divide the paddock into sections:
- Short term rotation:
Within a year rotate horses around 3-4 paddocks in the summer to prevent over- grazing.
- Strip Grazing:
Divide the paddock into strips, using suitable fencing etc.
Ensure there is still water and shelter available.
Can help with greedy horses and laminitis
It allows areas to rest
Try to prevent under-grazing as the grass will grow tall and become less attractive to graze. If this occurs 'top' the paddock down to 4" or take a hay cut.
Overgrazing will lead to poaching and weed invasion.
Choose the right grass mixture to ensure it meets the grazing quality and quantity you require. You may require the seed mixture to be suitable for taking a hay cut.