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  • #21
    Originally posted by Snowdenfarm View Post
    Well, geez, that is downright depressing.
    Even worse after spending $100/acre on seed, soil samples, fertilizer, used state of the art farming equipment, applied herbicide 2X before and 3X after planting, and hand pulling weeds that the herbicide didn't get. I got a half acre of nice lawn that my pony still can't eat.
    IF you want low sugar, native grass pasture, move someplace where nothing else will grow and buy enough land for 10-20 acres per horse. Like Nevada or New Mexico. Some really nice native pastures there some years. Dry years....the prairie dogs starve, the antelope migrate, and ranchers get rid of most of their stock.
    Are you feeding your horse like a cow?


    • #22
      [QUOTE=Tamara in TN;5439138]
      There is no decent local hay in the quantity we require and there are very very few people who use the proper balers.[
      So what is a "proper baler" if you don't mind me asking?

      I assume you are dealing in small squares?


      • #23
        Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
        So what is a "proper baler" if you don't mind me asking?
        I assume you are dealing in small squares?
        we require 3x3x8 big sqs sometimes we'll buy 3x4x8's( but that is pretty rare) and we prefer a NH baler

        we use a press to make these into small bales just the same as Standlee Hay will use.

        Tamara in TN
        Last edited by Tamara in TN; Feb. 21, 2011, 07:53 AM.
        Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
        I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.


        • #24
          Included in my self care board, the place provides bluestem roundbales... Not the best stuff but my horse eats it and it keeps his belly full Makes it cheaper for me, I don't have to buy my own hay. He gets 1-2 scoops of soaked alfalfa pellets with his dinner though, to supplement it. I noticed shortly after I moved him here he started eating poop like crazy, so I figured it was time to give him something else with more protein. Since I started the alfalfa pellets, no more poop eating from him
          RIP Don - 3/28/2004-8/15/2012


          • #25
            Originally posted by Snowdenfarm View Post
            Katy, have you heard of anyone on the east coast replanting a pasture in native grasses? I hope to try it on one two-acre field this spring. Just wondering if it is a losing battle out here. From the earlier posts, it sounds like herbicide and fertilizer are givens.
            I've known a few people around here that have done it successfully. They aren't horse/livestock people but instead hunters--bird hunters. Fescue is hell on earth for quail. If you're looking for info about your specific area you might contact your local chapter of Quail Unlimited. I'm sure they could put you with someone with lots of info--including what government grants are available for a conversion.


            • #26
              Originally posted by subk View Post
              I've known a few people around here that have done it successfully. They aren't horse/livestock people but instead hunters--bird hunters.
              Sure it works if you don't graze it.
              Are you feeding your horse like a cow?


              • #27
                Originally posted by Katy Watts View Post
                Sure it works if you don't graze it.
                Yeah. Think I will forget the conversion. Thanks for saving me a lot of time and money. I was pretty leery, but it is hard to see them sitting in a dry lot when there are four acres of grass pastures. With diet, exercise and muzzles they do get out every so often when the stars align and the grass should be lower sugar.