WHEN IT’S OK TO DRAG

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

You may not think a parched pas­ture land­scape baked un­der a sum­mer sun has much to of­fer, but there is at least one ben­e­fit to dry, hot weather this time of year: Pas­ture cleanup is a snap.

When tem­per­a­tures climb above 90 de­grees Fahren­heit with no rain for sev­eral days in a row, par­a­site eggs can­not sur­vive. That makes it safe to skip the wheel­bar­row and pitch­fork and “drag” pas­tures with a har­row or length of chain­link fence to break up and scat­ter ma­nure piles. Keep horses on a dif­fer­ent pas­ture for a week to give the sun time to kill the lar­vae.

Con­versely, drag­ging dur­ing cooler, wet­ter weather spreads vi­able par­a­site eggs around the pas­ture, con­tam­i­nat­ing the en­tire space rather than just the waste ar­eas horses nat­u­rally tend to avoid.

If you’ve been drag­ging pas­tures year­round, re­solve to in­stead pick up ma­nure un­til sum­mer ar­rives. Then feel free to drag when you get a span of hot, dry days.

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