1. Put Horses On A Dry Lot: Pastures need time to rest and recover. Move horses to a dry lot, or sacrifice pasture during the fall and winter months. Pulling horses allows the grass’s roots to strengthen, ensuring healthy growth next spring.
2. Manage Manure: Remove manure from pastures. If this is not possible, break up the waste with a harrow and allow the field to sit over winter. Parasites will die, leaving a healthier pasture come spring.
3. Groom Muddy Areas: Before the spring rains hits, making a muddy mess, treat mud prone areas: overseed bare spots, add gravel or mats to muddy areas near gates or water troughs, and lay over-size bark mulch (also known as play-ground mulch) along well-worn paths.