Signs of a bad field for horses

Poor management results in a bad field, with dangers and risks for horses.

They need a suitable field to graze. You should always check a new field before turning a horse into it.

The field must be safe for horses to graze, so how do we know if it’s a suitable field?

The fields should be suitable fenced to keep them safe and stop them straying onto the roads.

Chestnut fencing, sheep or pig wire, iron rails are all unsuitable fencing. Barbed wire is dangerous along with rusty and loose wire.

Chestnut fencing

Sheep and pig wire

Iron rails

Barbed wire fencing

Look to see how many horses are using the field. Are there too many horses and too many droppings in the field?

Not everyone has sufficient land to keep horses on, so in this situation i would suggest to “poo pick” fields on a daily basis.

Yes, I know it’s not the best job in the world but by doing so it will decrease worm infestation, improve the field appearance and encourage growth of more palatable grass for horses to graze.

A field that is overcrowded with droppings needs to be cleared of all droppings and rested for a few weeks.

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Poached field

A field that is badly cut up and muddy is known as a poached field.

Around the gates are usually very muddy, as horses tend to gather for long periods waiting to come in.

This is due to poor drainage, which leads to surface water and too many horses on it during the winter months.

Over grazing

A field that has been overgrazed will have clumps of coarse grass, surrounded by bare grass.

Horses are fussy eaters and generally will not eat these tuff clumps. This is known as a sick field. 

Poisonous plants to horses

When choosing a field for a horse make sure there are no poisonus plants.


High exposed fields that lack shelter are very cold in the winter months and provide no escape from flies and sun in the summer, and forgetting the wind.

The field needs some form of shelter or shade.

Hedges and large trees are a natural area for horses to take cover. They do an excellent job, otherwise you could erect a field shelter.

Water supply

Horse need access to a fresh water supply.

On a hot summers day their water consumption is much greater, up to 45 – 54 litres a day.

If the field has a river or stream, make sure the water is safe and not polluted.

If you are not sure, a water sample needs to be collected and sent for testing.

Check if there is a suitable approach to the water, a steep banking on approach is not safe for horses. Remember, streams and rivers can dry up in long periods of hot weather!

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