Confinement Areas for Horses

Confinement Areas for Horses

One of the most important aspects of pasture management is the length of time you keep horses off the pasture. When horses are allowed year round access to pastures, grass plants can become overgrazed, making them dramatically less productive and allowing weeds to take over in their place. Grazing during the winter months is especially hard on pastures. When soils are wet they are easily compacted, suffocating the roots of grass plants and doing long-term damage to vital air and water channels in the soil. Consider adding a confinement area to your grazing system or farm.
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Track Paddocks: Combating Horse Boredom

Track Paddocks: Combating Horse Boredom

A confinement area (or paddock) is an enclosure meant to be your horseโ€™s outdoor living quarters when keeping them off pastures.  Using a confinement area protects pastures from overgrazing and soil compaction, especially during winter months when grass plants are dormant and soils are saturated. Limiting time on pastures also helps manage the horseโ€™s health and weight. 

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