Creating a Safe Outdoor Living Environment for Your Horse
As a horse owner in Arizona, you have the option to allow your horse to live out year-round. While you will certainly need to provide opportunities for shade during the hot summer months, there are also a few things that you should keep in mind in terms of feeding and grazing.
Maintaining the Field
Having your horse out to pasture does not mean that you never need to check on it. In fact, you should still check on your horse at least twice per day to ensure it is healthy and maintaining its grazing. You should also check on the field to ensure it is free of poisonous plants while also picking up droppings.
It is also a good idea to implement a rotational paddock system that involves restricting your horse to certain parts of the field and different times throughout the year. By periodically moving the horses to a different area, you allow each area to recover from grazing and any other damage that may have occurred.
Of course, you will also need to be sure you have proper fencing in place around your field. Ideally, you would have wooden posts and rails in place. This can, however, become quite expensive, particularly if you have a large pasture. Electric tape with posts is generally quite effective and is a less costly alternative to wooden posts and rails. Ultimately, you need to be sure the fencing is high enough that the horse cannot jump out while also being free of sharp edges and gaps in which their hooves can get caught.