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Loudoun County Horse Farms & Good Quality Pasture

Loudoun County Horse Farms & Good Quality Pasture

A well-managed pasture is one of the most important aspects of horse husbandry in Loudoun County, VA.  Horse farms provide horses with ample acreage for grazing.  Loudoun County horse farms & good quality pasture go hand-in-hand.  Horses are designed for continuous intake of forage and need to consume about 70% of their intake from forage.  Horses need good quality forage as well as a safe environment for exercise, social interaction and rest.  Pasture grass also serves to keep feed costs down, by decreasing the amount of hay and grain feed required for proper nutrition.  If managed properly, a productive pasture in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County can provide much of a horse’s required forage from May through September. 


Best Management Practices for Horse Farms in Loudoun County:  

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Soil Testing:  Test nutrition levels in soil about a month ahead of planting so that forage will grow properly.

Ensuring Proper pH levels:  This affects the way fertilizer is utilized by the plants.  Optimum levels are 6.0-6.5.  In Loudoun County, Virginia horse properties soil pH levels tend to be below 6.0, so a quality grade ground dolomitic limestone is recommended to raise pH levels.  Limestone provides calcium and magnesium.  Other nutrients plants need to grow and survive are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (or potash).

Time of Year to Plant:  Fall is the optimum time to plant in Loudoun County, lime and fertilize in cool season pastures, like here in Virginia.  Timing is important to ensure a strong root system and for providing grazing for horses during the growing season. 

Mowing & Dragging:  Mowing reduces the spread of weeds, while maintaining the high quality forage for grazing horses.  Horses like shorter grasses because it has less fiber and high in protein.  For taller grass species like orchardgrass, keeping it mowed to 3-4 inch height is ideal.  Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass should be kept at 2-3 in. height.  Dragging manure is important to distribute nutrients more evenly throughout the pasture while reducing hot spots in the field.  As long as horse owners provide parasite control to their horses, distribution of manure should not increase the spread of parasites.  Distribution of manure in the fields reduces time spent cleaning stalls. 

Rotating Pastures:  Horses tend to feed in the same areas of a pasture and can kill off vegetation as a result.  Pastures that can support 3 horses per acre in the spring will only be able to support half a horse per acre in the summer.  This is dependent upon the number of horses, hours of turnout and level of care given–rotation, weed control, mowing and fertilization. 

Consult an Agronomist:   Local land grant universities and County extension services can provide the best advice when it comes to managing your horse pastureland.  Be sure to take advantage of their services and good advice!

If you’re looking for Loudoun horse farms available for sale please contact Gene 703-342-8100.

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For more information about horse farms, whether you are buying or selling be sure to CONTACT GENE MOCK, Associate Broker, Premier Team, Keller Williams Realty 703-342-8100. Gene is an avid horse caretaker with his wife Monica on their horse farm in Loudoun County. Gene has developed horse property in Aiken, South Carolina. Gene and Monica are native Virginians and know and understand horse property in Northern Virginia. Gene is a native Virginian and grew up on a farm. His wife and real estate partner, Monica, has ridden all her life and owns riding horses in Loudoun County. Together they will assist you in finding the horse farm that meets your needs and desires. Finding a horse realtor is important in choosing a real estate professional who will guide you through the buying or selling process with ease. The Premier Team is your best source for equestrian property in Northern Virginia. Whether you want to be in Loudoun County, Fauquier County, Prince William County or Clarke County, Gene can help. Call or text Gene @ 703-342-8100. You’ll be glad you did!


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