Sacrifice Lots

Horse Outreach Workgroup

So you want to maintain nice, green pastures for your horses? Why not set up a sacrifice lot for your horses to use when pastures are unable to sustain them? A sacrifice lot is a small nongrazable paddock or exercise lot for your horses. It requires little maintenance and can be used whenever your pastures are muddy, over-grazed; or under renovation. A sacrifice lot is an excellent tool that allows your horses freedom of movement and exercise, while keeping them off of sensitive pastures that should not be grazed. Horses can be very destructive when allowed access to a pasture that is wet. They cause soil compaction which leads to decreased growth of desirable plants and more competition from weeds. If your pasture is too wet to drive a tractor on, then it’s too wet for your horse to graze on.