Stocking Rates: Calculating How Many Horses a Pasture Can Maintain

Stocking rates inform how many horses a pasture can carry (feed) in a month. The type of pasture will influence stocking rates. A pasture planted with orchardgrass and some alfalfa will produce 2 to 5 tons/acre/year of forage. The tonnage produced is dependent on rainfall, species of plants, soil type, fertilization, and management.

Stocking Rates in Horses