Horse Pasture Management Services – Maintenance, Renovation & Installation- in Fairfield, Westchester and Litchfield County
BCK Earth & Turf has pioneered horse pasture management throughout Fairfield, Westchester and Litchfield County. As leaders in the turfgrass industry, we found a demand for maintaining, renovating and installing high quality pastures. Through our trials and work, we’ve realized a unique set of challenges cultivating productive pastures while respecting daily farm operations and the intense wear that horses promote. As agronomist and with our experience managing turfgrass on high end golf courses, athletic fields and residential lawns we’ve applied our knowledge specifically towards pasture management.
We encourage you to give us a call for a complimentary consultation and site evaluation.
Horse Pasture Management Cultural Practice
We’ve highlighted the key components to managing a productive and healthy pasture. Whether for grazing or riding, applying these cultural practices is critical.
Supplemental fertilizer is crucial to promote and maintain healthy and vigorous plant growth. Soils are naturally limited in most major nutrients, such as nitrogen, and must be amended. We perform a detailed soil test to identify nutrient levels and soil characteristics which allows us to develop a fertilizer plan. A sufficient fertility program will have the following benefits:
- Increase plant growth and recovery time from grazing by aiding in wear tolerance
- Advance plant vigor and out compete invading weeds
- Increase the plants available nutrients
- Promote root development and drought tolerance
- Provide cooler pasture temperatures through transpiration
- Prevent soil erosion and muddy areas by having healthy and dense vegetative growth
- Improve the pastures aesthetics and riding surface
Mowing is often an over looked aspect of horse pasture management, however it can be the most important component. Riding areas and rotating grazing pastures will benefit greatly with consistent mowing practices by:
- Stimulate lateral growth which will significantly improve vegetative density
- Improve wear tolerance
- Aid in root development
Consistent mowing at the right height will keep grass in it’s vegetative state. This is important because it keeps the grass more palatable for consumption.
Irrigation is often a difficult and expensive task on horse pastures due their size. While its not critical, irrigation will improve forage yields and help growth during the summer months. Pasture managers with out irrigation need to consider this and plan accordingly.
On horse farms manure can either be a costly byproduct or a cost saving fertilizer amendment, even a source of income. Nutrient rich manure should be recycled back into the pastures, which is best done by raking piles with a drag mat.