University of Maryland Extension

Rotational Pastures

Four rotational grazing pastures of 1.2 acres each are planted with “endophyte-friendly” Tall Fescue (Pennington’s Max-Q), Slezanka Kentucky Bluegrass, and white clover. Horses are allowed access to the sacrifice lot at all times, but access to each rotational pasture is closely monitored to ensure optimum growth of the forages. In general, horses are moved to a pasture when grass height reaches 6 to 8 inches and then moved off of the pasture when grass height reaches 3 inches. If needed, water can also be offered in each rotational pasture via a hydrant system.


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