1. To provide adequate, good-quality grass to maintain the horses while grazing.
2. To have sufficient grass production to enable hay, haylage or silage crops to be taken for winter feeding.
3. To meet the requirements for conservation and grazing while avoiding over-lush grass which leads to inefficient use of pasture and the risk of laminitis.
4. To maintain a well-cushioned turf for horses to exercise, particularly young stock, and avoid problems with concussion.