As with cattle, managing horses’ time on pasture can increase the stocking rate while providing palatable nutrition to the animals, says Doug Anderson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educator in Keith, Arthur and Perkins counties. He notes, for example, that cool-season grasses and undesirable species such as cheat grass are palatable and nutritious early in the season but lose quality later. Early intensive grazing can help horses, or cattle, capitalize on these plants and potentially reduce the prevalence of invasive species. Warm-season grasses start later and their growth rate is slower, Anderson says. These plants are at their best in June. To extend the grazing life of these plants, producers should graze them early, then allow them to rest and re-grow. Each plant has a zone of rapid growth, Anderson says, a height at which they make enough energy to sustain growth and also build up an energy reserve. Producers should allow their animals to graze these grasses early in their growing season, then allow plants to reach that zone of rapid growth, allowing them to build some energy reserves. Anderson says in an intensive-grazing system, animals stay in small paddocks for short periods of time before moving onto new grass. “It’s a more uniform way to use the plants,” he says. “The horses are forced to graze all the plants rather than just their favorites.” He adds that producers should rotate the starting paddock from year to year to maintain forage diversity and quality.