s. lowe wrote:Thanks for the clarification. Could you do a track system and move thje strip over every few weeks or whatever once the horses have thoroughly trampled the grass down? This could also allow the other grass to grow a bit larger and less sugary. You could mow anything that got too tall
Tereza Okava wrote:This sounds to me like a great opportunity for goats. Any chance you know anyone with goats they'd be willing to lend? They will eat everything to the ground. I've heard of goats being used to clear brush in parks, poison ivy in yards, they put up wire netting and let the beasts chow down.
Tereza Okava wrote:that's a good point. I am on the bottom half of the world and forget you all are going into spring shortly.
There are a lot of plains here and controlled burns are common. Aside from the usual concerns about protecting your fencing (and of course, everything else flammable) I think it would work fine. I'd be concerned about the grass bouncing back within a week or two, but I suppose this depends on how many horses you have on it and how well they keep it trampled down.
For future years, 20 feet is small enough that you could theoretically put down a silage tarp at the end of the season and retard growth in the spring, I think.
This is really interesting. I worked with horses for many years but they were always indoors at night and only out for exercise/training/good weather (racing, polo, show horses), never had to consider this sort of situation. Hope you find a good solution!