Horses should be given some exercise year around, even in inclement conditions.  Given the facilities available on this farm, horses were exercised in the paddock at the left in front of this barn during the winter and spring when their hooves damaged the turf.  In other words, the owner sacrificed the pasture to accommodate the horse's need for exercise.  When the soil dried sufficiently so the horses would do less damage, the horses were rotated to an undamaged pasture such as that at the left rear.  Soon thereafter, the damaged pasture was replanted so that it might be used again later in the year.   This barn had stalls on the main floor and hay storage in the loft.

Sacrifice pasture for horses

Credit: Donna Coffin

Digital Credit: Donna Coffin

Publisher: University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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Description: Horses should be given some exercise year around, even in inclement conditions. Given the facilities available on this farm, horses were exercised in the paddock at the left in front of this barn during the winter and spring when their hooves damaged the turf. In other words, the owner sacrificed the pasture to accommodate the horse's need for exercise. When the soil dried sufficiently so the horses would do less damage, the horses were rotated to an undamaged pasture such as that at the left rear. Soon thereafter, the damaged pasture was replanted so that it might be used again later in the year. This barn had stalls on the main floor and hay storage in the loft.

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