michelle camden wrote:we got two horses. we once had a lawn. i live in eastern ct. i have only 1 acre of [ potential grass ] they are packing down, eating it up and things are getting ugly. no i cannot get rid of the horses. i need an agressive plan that i can follow consistently which i would if i knew what to do.
michelle camden wrote:ok before anyone thinks i am an animal abuser, one of these horses, is a 28 year old belgian draft who was being starved and abused and has no teeth. my daughter has literally saved him from being euthanized that week. he is now fat and sleek and pampered beyond belief. the other horse is a buckskin mare. also a rescue. she had deadly allergies, could not eat and was literally a bag of bones and was taken to an equine hospital and we paid 2000.00 to get her well. also built a 3000.00 72x90' arena for her to be excercised. we also renovated a 30'x24' x30' barn for them with 10x12' stalls. SO, wth that said, i was simply looking for the means to give them grass time as well and save the lawn so they would always be able to spend time there. the draft is out all day on the lawn, but does not move too much and eats pretty slowly. the mare eats grass like a machine, but can't be out for more than 2-3 hours because she foundered as a young horse and we do not want that to happen again [ hence the arena! ] what amazed me was how fast the lawn deteriorated, so i was aking for some ideas for a consistent plan to implement so the grass would always be available for them. i do not have much knowledge about lawns and our lawn just did fine and we gave it litle thought. now i need to understand how to maintain it with this added burden.