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Katie Jarvis
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Any advice on rotating a horse and donkey, and the effects that will have on the pasture? We have been rotating them for about 6 months now, but they don't eat nearly as much of a variety as ruminants would. Should we mow the weeds down that they leave? We cleared trees and have a lot of bare ground and weeds in our biggest area, but we also have some areas of established grass. Thanks!
 
Annie Lochte
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I mow the weeds. I have one horse, 2 cows and a few goats I rotate ove 1-1/2 acres of grass and do mow the 'roughs' and weeds periodically. Equids typically won't eat over their bathroom areas and grass an weeds get to go to seed there. If I have desirable weeds I try an harvest seed to scatter elsewhere then mow it... I haven't mowed it yet this year, but have chopped some undesirable stuff with the swing blade. It will get mowed soon...
 
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