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  1. #1
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    Default How long to wait after brush hogging....?

    How long after brush hogging do you feel safe turning horses back out on a field?

    I know that some wilted weeds and such can be toxic...

    TIA!



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    Smile

    Depending on the sunshine and humidity 36 to 48 hours. Forty eight if it's an especially thick, lush stand of grasses and weeds.
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    Thanks...I'm good to go then! (soooo many things to worry about)



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    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.
    same here...and I can always tell you which mares "stalk" behind the mower...nose on the ground and ears back... the same as their mamas did

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.
    Me too.



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    I just spent a good part of today mowing pastures. Two of the horses love to follow the mower and pick out the best stuff. I think they are really lazy if they need me to do their grass plucking.

    Never have had a problems.



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    Me too, all the horses are in the pastures during mowing



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    Add me to the list who bush hogs with horses in the pastures.



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    We have Morgans. We're brush-hogging only the things they won't eat. It ain't much, but some of it gets tall...

    While we don't leave them in the fields while we're doing it (they'd want to drive and keep shoving us out of the tractor seat), they go right back out the same evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.
    Ditto that



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    I usually wait 48 hours before turning back out. I had one colic from eating freshly mown grass one year so I just don't chance it anymore.

    Liz



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.

    same here.



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    Ditto the others who just mow while the horses graze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.
    Same here. It is fun to watch the horses run around the tractor.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream Believer View Post
    I bushhog with mine in the pasture, have no withholding time and they do fine.
    Likewise here.



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    Well, I have either too much pasture or too few horses because when l move my horses from one pasture to another I immediately mow the one they left. I generally keep them on a pasture for about a week but sometimes I get behind on my mowing and have to move them after only 5 days. I've got 3 pastures to rotate so I've never had them graze one done yet.

    Also, with the 2 horses I have, I can't leave them out 24/7 on the pastures. I have to bring them back to the sacrifice paddocks late afternoon and put them back out in the morning. One horse gets gas colic on lush, rich grass and the other horse has Cushing's and I don't want him to founder. Right now we are getting a lot of rain, most of what we have missed this spring thus far so they are only out till 3 PM. Even their sacrifice paddocks have enough grass that neither horse is eating much hay. I split one flake between the 2 and have plenty left over come morning.
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    Same here-no problems with same-day turnout.



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