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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Paddock management advice needed

 

I am on a DIY livery yard that has individual/pairs turnout.  I have an individual paddock of approx 1 acre and my daughter has one that is slightly smaller.  Previously we have kept our horses together, rotating between the two paddocks, however due to circumstances beyond my control (her new horse wants to kill my boy!) we are having to separate them.  My problem is that the grass in my paddock was virtually non-existant two weeks ago and as I wasn't using the paddock at the time, the YO sprayed the paddock for docks which meant that I had to keep Leo off the grass for 10 days.  The grass is now knee high!  I have sectioned off approx a quarter of the paddock but he is not even making a dent in the amount of grass and came in last night with a big grass belly and quite lethargic!  I understand that long grass is better than short new grass from a sugar point of view, so should I just keep him in one small section or would it be better to ask the YO to top the paddock for me?  If the paddock is topped, I assume I will need to get the grass removed before allowing Leo back in the paddock?  As you can probably tell, I am new to paddock management lol!  What is really annoying is that my daughters paddock is seriously short of grass and she is having to feed her horse hay!

 

Any recommendations/suggestions would be more than welcome.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Paddock management advice needed

Can't you swap over the horses in the paddocks? then your daughters horse would have grass and your boy would be limited?

Or, keep a section taped off for your horse and get the YO to top the remainder of the paddock, best of both worlds :-)

It's funny really, obviously my lot are in on box rest arghhhh, and we have so much grass, our 7 sheep are not touching it at all this year, so I ended up giving my big field of 3 acres to a local and his 40 ewes with lambs, they are struggling to eat down the grass!!!  With the warmish weather and all the rain its bumper grass growing so I don't think we have any choice but to keep cutting this year - last year I only topped the paddocks to tidy them once or twice!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

Could you not swap them over, so yours in the sparse paddock, and your daughters has part/some/all of where yours is now?

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

 I would keep him in the short bit until the grass goes to seed in the other part, then it will be least likely to do any damage.  I wouldn't top because that will cause the grass to be producing loads of baddies again trying to get to the the seed stage

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

i wouldnt be too concerned by long grass and wouldnt get it topped either, just section him into as smaller area as possible!!! i think freshly grown short stuff has more sugar in than the older long grass

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

i wouldnt be too concerned by long grass and wouldnt get it topped either, just section him into as smaller area as possible!!! i think freshly grown short stuff has more sugar in than the older long grass

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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melxvengeance

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Re: Paddock management advice needed

limit his grazing or try a grazing muzzle, that way he can still be turned out but it will drastically reduce his intake

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melxvengeance

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Re: Paddock management advice needed

could even rotate the grazing on a daily basis with the help of grazing muzzles, so 1 day your horse is in the lush paddock and your daughters horse in the bare one, then vice versa the next day, and so on

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

Some of the horses on the yard are going out at night and being kept in during the day because of midge problems but these belong to the YO, us lot which are only 3 of DIY liveries and a mixed herd one gelding and 2 mares lucky lad all get on together such lovely natured animals and have 10 acres to themselves, they cannot eat it fast enough. I was very worried at first bringing my horse to that yard as never had a horse in a mixed herd before.

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Re: Paddock management advice needed

Spoke to the YO and he is going to top the paddock but it will still be reasonably long (around 4").  At the moment Leo is in the same paddock as daughters horse but separated by electric fencing, so is effectively on restricted grazing.  His belly has slowly gone down and he is a bit more active now!

 

Once the paddock has been topped, we will put both horses in there, once again separated by fencing as I dont feel I can trust new horse not to try to kill Leo, just not worth the risk (or expense - have already had to have the vet twice!)

 

Thanks for all the advice.

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