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Benefits Of Mowing or Slashing Paddocks

Benefits Of Mowing or Slashing Paddocks

Maintaining or enhancing grass quality

The intake of pasture grass can be a significant source of nutrition for the grazing horse if the pasture is properly managed. Mowing is one tool that can be used to better manage pasture. Some horse owners mistakenly feel that mowing pastures is simply done to make the pastures look nice. However, there are several valid reasons to consider for mowing pastures. Some potential benefits of mowing include: weed management, enhancing forage quality and reducing grazing patterns.

Controlling weeds –
Repeated mowing of pasture decreases the competitive ability of a weed to survive in a grass paddock. By keeping weeds the same height as grass, the grass has the advantage and prevents weeds from shading and restricting grass growth. Mowing also serves to prevent weeds from establishing seed heads. Eliminating seed heads prevents weeds from reproducing and spreading in the pasture. The control of weeds in a pasture does not occur with a single mowing, but instead is facilitated with multiple mowing.
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Enhance pasture quality – A grass plant that is actively growing is constantly producing nutrients that horses can utilize. The mowing process keeps grass plants in a vegetative or growing state. Mowing prevents the plants from reaching a reproductive state when they develop a seed head and ultimately cease growing. Mowing also keeps plants at a shortened height which increases digestibility and palatability. As grass plants grow tall they become fibrous and less digestible. When mowing grass pastures, it is important to not cut grass plants too short since cutting too short will reduce the leaf area which is needed to stimulate growth. A grass plant that is cut too short is also prone to stress and may die. The optimum height for a cool-season grass is approximately four inches (10 cm), while the optimum height for a warm-season grass is approximately eight inches (20 cm).
 
 
Reduce grazing patterns – Horses tend to graze in certain areas of a pasture and utilize other areas of the pastures to pass manure. The grazed areas are very short and known as “lawns”. The non-grazed areas consist of taller grass and they are known as “ruffs”. Mowing serves to shorten the taller grass and enhance its palatability. Over time this will help to eliminate the grazing patterns that can exist in horse pastures and provide better utilization of the pasture.

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