Equipment for Managing Horse Pastures

Learn about pasture management equipment and how and when to use each implement.
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Equipment for Managing Horse Pastures
There are many different tools you can use to improve horse pastures; selecting the right ones and using them at the right time is the key to success. | Photo: Courtesy Krista Lea

Managing horse pastures can be a daunting task for any horse owner but especially for those with limited farm and equipment experience. There are many different tools you can use to improve horse pastures; selecting the right ones and using them at the right time is the key to success. In this article we’ll explore different pasture management equipment and how and when to use them.

Pasture Maintenance

Mower A mower is the most common implement used on horse farms. Mowing is generally required in the spring and through the fall to remove excess forage and/or to reduce weeds, (although herbicides are generally more effective and economical to control weeds than mowing alone). Pasture mowers range from small riding mowers to 20-foot-wide batwing mowers. Consider your farm and tractor’s size when purchasing.

Pasture Equipment
A chain harrow is a simple, low-cost tool used to distribute nutrients evenly throughout the field, usually in the spring and the fall. | Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculturek
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