Saddle Up – 3 Tips For Setting Up A Pasture Quickly And Simply

If you need to create a high-quality pasture for your horses quickly and simply, it may seem like an impossible task. But there are several hacks that can help you make a good space for your herd as soon as possible. Here are 3 ideas for any horse owner.

Use Flexible Fencing. Building pasture fencing that is strong enough to keep your horses in place but easy to move as your needs change is one of the best ways to get -- and keep -- your pasture functioning. Traditional post and rail fencing is great for this objective, since it's both economical and relatively simple to change positions. Tubular steel fence panels are good for interior fenced-off areas, such as near the barn or in a temporary holding area for isolating a horse. These panels are quick and useful, but it's not as sturdy as permanent fencing.

Build Basic Shelter. If your new pasture area lacks good trees to provide shade for the summer, it's a good idea to consult with a qualified arborist to decide what to plant and where to do so. But, in the meantime, adding two or more freestanding, three-sided shelters for the horses will help them stay healthy and happy. Opt for prefabricated shelters if speed is what you need, but make sure they're insulated and have an overhang on the front. 

Plant Quickly. Unless the pasture is an ideal space, it probably needs some work before being a good grazing spot. Start by clearing large rocks and any debris that could damage horses' hoofs. Then, remove any plants that could be toxic to all your animals (you may want to work with your local nursery with any questions). What's left may not be a good, healthy planting for horses, so you'll likely need to seed it. While dry seeding is economical, it's also a slow growing option. For a faster result, consider using hydroseeding. Hydroseeding is a method of spreading new grass seed in a slurry mixture of seed and water that's sprayed over a large area quickly and economically. If you choose hydroseeding, be sure to consult with the hydroseeding company to ensure that the slurry is free of any dyes, tackifying agents, and endophyte. 

By applying these simple tips, you can get a good pasture up and running in no time. And that will surely mean happier horses and a happier owner.