Temporary Fencing for Horse Pastures
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service , 2008
Burdine, K., Coleman, B., Missun, T.
Rotational grazing has long been used by livestock producers as a way to use pasture more efficiently. By dividing large pastures into smaller paddocks, animals make better use of available forage. Horses especially tend to be selective grazers, and the use of smaller paddocks encourages them to eat more of what is available. Improved pasture utilization means greater carrying capacity, or stocking rate, for the horse owner. This is important for limited acreage pastures as well as for boarding operations where stocking rates may exceed more than one horse per acre. Rotational grazing also stretches the length of the grazing season, resulting in decreased winter feeding costs. Temporary electric fencing is often used to divide pastures for rotational grazing. Temporary fencing is also helpful in keeping horses off overgrazed or recently renovated areas until new forages are established. Another advantage of temporary fencing is that it is easy to install and move as needed. This publication examines the use and safety of temporary fencing, as well as the costs and potential savings of rotational grazing using temporary fencing.