Equine Extension

How Many Horses Can Your Pasture Maintain?

Stocking rates provides information on how many horses a pasture can carry in a month. In general the approximate pasture needs per average sized mature horse, with pasture providing most, if not all, of the nutrition is:


  • 1 -  2 acres with an excellent, dense sod, permanent pasture
  • 2 - 2.5 acres with an average permanent pasture (spring growth will be OK but summer forage is average)
  • 3+ acres with a thin, poor sod that is unmanaged (supplemental forage will likely be needed)