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Horses are different and unique.Just ask any horse owner! When it comes to pastures and paddocks, horses can be much harder on the land than other types of livestock. Pastures and Paddocks are typically continually disturbed areas; under constant physical stress from horses hooves. Horses are also fine tuned eating machines, having top and bottom teeth, capable of nipping forages close to the soil. For these reasons, it is extremely important to properly manage what land you have to the best of your ability.
Best Managment Practices include all-weather paddocks, or sacrifice areas, and rotational grazing or turn-outs. For some excellent resources, see the pdf's below.

    Horse Paddocks: Designed & Managed to Protect Water Quality - by Council of Bay Area RCD's - 2 pages

    Horse Pasture Management by Dave Robison - Ampac Seeds - 2 pages

    Pasture Perfect Mixes and Blends - a 2 page brochure - CISCO seeds

    Managing MUD and Horse Pastures - a 2 page newsletter article by Kelly Riley, Wayne SWCD

    Frequently Asked Questions about Fertilizing & Horse Pastures - 2 pages - answers by  Rutgers Co-op Ext. 

    Pasture Best Management Practices by Forage First - 3 pages

    A Horse Owner's Guide to Protecting Natural Resources Appendix 4- by Mass. Dept of Nat. Resources - 32 pgs

Pastures for Horses A3680 by University of Wisconsin.Co-op Ext. - 8 pages

    Pollution Prevention Brochure by Geauga SWCD

    All Weather Horse Paddocks Brochure by Geauga SWCD

    Geotextile Fabric: Another Ally in the Fight against Mud - article by Jessica LaLande & Jessica Page - HFCW

    Informational Sheet on Geotextile Fabric - local SWCD's & resource sheet  - Now carried by Straight A's supply!

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