Great post, Elliot and TJ! Really helpful discussion.
I have about 3.5 acres of pasture perimeter fenced, and use step-in posts and poly-wire to divide it into 3 paddocks. This is fairly recently cleared land, so it is a bit of a struggle to get good forage established with two hungry horses, Rotating them every week has done a lot to get the grasses and clover established as compared to last year where they ranged the entire pasture.
My soil tends toward heavy clay and rocky, so unless it is good and wet, it can be a challenge to get the step posts in the ground. For that reason, I leave each paddock in place, and just move around the opening to each. The openings all face the barn.
Every Sunday, I put them in the paddock that has rested for two weeks, and it is amazing how quickly they have picked up on the routine since March - they know when it is time for new forage!
I mow the paddock they were just on to top off the weeds they don’t eat so they don't go to seed, drag it with a chain harrow behind the ATV to break up the manure, and then play a game I call sticks and stones - yep, that’s right, picking up sticks and stones! I have quite a collection of both!
Will be Interesting to see how this holds up as we enter dryer weather here - obviously would like to rotate more frequently, but started from scratch here, and it does take time to get good Forage and pasture systems in place, and temp fencing is a great way to go to do figure out flow.
I think the hardest part about rotational grazing is water access.