Healthy Horse Pastures

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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15 Responses

  1. vicki says:

    We too have been considering our pasture this spring. Thanks for your article laying out some good tips for us! We have a pasture that has been growing up this spring, they have yet to be on it, hopefully in the next few days, that has a wide variety of grasses and plants. Thanks for the tip that it should not be just one thing!
    Loving your articles!
    Vicki

  2. Marie says:

    That is a great article!!! We have been working on our pasture as well this spring and your article confirms that we are on the right tract.

    Here’s an article we found very informative on grass. Hope you enjoy it!

    http://www.gotcha.com.au/index.cfm?pageName=articles_aspects_of_pasture_and_feeding#signs

  3. Helen says:

    Hi Casie,

    My horse is pastured at a large farm south of Bastrop TX. The pastures support 40 horses of all ages. Every day the owner uses a harrow in one or more of the pastures to spread the manure out to dry in the sun. A commercial fertilizer is applied by a company in the Spring on all the pastures, but no weed killers. We’ve also had a lot of rain this year for a change. There are lots of different species of the many birds that “take out” the few flies I’ve seen. I’ve read your posts and others about the benefit of free-choice herbs and have found several varieties along the fence lines so all this is good news. Birds are beneficial to a healthy pasture.
    Thank you for your informative posts.

    • Casie says:

      Thanks, Helen. I think harrowing can work in some of he drier climates (and in big pastures), but I’ve always been nervous to do it here. It would definitely be easier though! That’s a good point about the birds. I think supporting an environment were other species such as birds and bats can live and naturally help control insects is important too. 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    I like this article very much. I have always had my horses on grassy pastures and never really had problems with laminits or too much weight gain. The part of this article I liked the best is when you talked about having a variety of species of grasses, weeds, herbs, etc. I wish someone who knows what they are doing would come up with a great recipe for horse pasture for the different areas of the country. I don’t have the expertise to do it myself…if I did, I’d want to start a new seed company….no GMOs either!

  5. Susan says:

    One more comment, a little off subject but still pertaining to pastures: a lot of articles have been written about what trees are poisonous to horses, so don’t plant them. I want to know which trees CAN safely be planted with the horses!!! I can’t find information about that anywhere!

    • Casie says:

      I think horses are smart enough to stay away from what will hurt them as far as trees go–unless they don’t have many other options to eat. An exception might be persimmons. These aren’t poisonous to the horse, but the seeds can get caught up in the intestines, causing colic.

      • Susan says:

        I have a friend who’s horse actually died from Red Maple poisoning. I know not to plant Red Maple and Oak trees are not good either (too many acorns can cause problems). If you do some research, you will find all the no-no’s not to plant. I want to plan out some shade trees for my guys and I don’t know which ones are safe. I don’t want to chance it.

        • Casie says:

          I don’t blame you for wanting to be careful. There were already about 30 trees in our pasture when we moved here and the only ones I’ve removed were the the persimmons. But yes, maple leaves are toxic and acorns can be too.

  6. Scott Kistler says:

    My mom has 3 horses at her farm that I help with and we’ve had one that has been coughing for the past year or so. I kept asking “experts” about what could be going on and always go the same answer….probably just dust or allergens. Never once did any of them indicate it could be a symptom of heaves. I had not even heard that term until this week when a veterinarian friend of ours came by at our request because we were getting no answers. Now we are dealing with an underweight horse in distress and it just really …..well…makes me mad. I’m partly mad at myself because I should have asked more questions and/or more people and I failed Smokey. You have some very good information that we will be using. hoping it helps. Look forward to following your articles. THANK YOU!!

  7. Scott Kistler says:

    Oh, my comments were in regard to your past article on heaves but guess I somehow put it under your healthy pastures article. Sorry about that…..I’ll admit to being country and therefore not too “techno”. 🙂

    • Casie says:

      That’s fine, Scott. I knew which post you were talking about! I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s horse. Heaves is not fun to deal with. Hopefully you’ve caught it in time and can make some changes that will help this horse to be more comfortable though. Glad to have you following the blog, too. 🙂

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