DENT FAMILY MINIATURE HORSE RANCH
6855 69th Street
Vero Beach, Florida
Pasturing Miniature Horses:
We feel that the upkeep of pasture is very important in the quality of a miniature horses life. Some
pastures need more attention then others. In Florida the quality of a pasture is measured by the
amount of time that a person puts into the attention of the grass. Some pastures are on more sandy
type soil while other are in lower richer soil. The sandy type soil needs more added attention with
lightly fertilization several times a year. Miniature horses like most horses have favorite grazing areas
in the each pasture. The shorter grass areas provide sweeter and more protein the grass contains and
they will graze those areas first before grazing on the taller grass. It is important to try and us a rotation
system with your pastures, allowing for mowing and growth of the grazed pastures. Keeping a pasture
short, specially during the fast growing season of summer, provides more grazing area that miniature
horses will cover. Once a pasture gets to tall it loses its tenderness and protein. They will then
bypass the taller grass completely. By keeping a pasture mowed back and allowing the short grass
to grow and shorten the taller grass to obtain more protein you get more grazing area out of a pasture.
Lightly fertilizing a pasture twice a year, late summer and mid winter. You obtain a pasture with
plenty of grazing grass for most of the year. Some lower, richer, and moisture pastures require less
fertilization. Around the first of December we pick out certain pastures that have been grazed down
and plant gulf rye grass to keep some pastures with grass after the winter frosts hit. With some rain,
by mid February the spring grass starts growing for the new year. Pastures should be large enough
for them to run and play and get the necessary exercise they need.
Photo of a few mares turned into a rested pasture mid summer.
Photo of a pasture planted in rye grass mid January.
Photo of a few maternity mares end of January on winter rye grass.
This page created 12/26/2012