She's 24 years old. Why not cut back her grain or hay intake?
Horses are meant and made to graze all day.
Her being on grass really isn't even an option for me, I mean we'll bring her out and graze for a few minutes but that's it. I'm sure she'd prefer being in a grassy pasture but I guess it's kind of a health over happiness kind of thing, but she's not unhappy LOL just not happy in a green pasture, that's all! :p Plus she would have hay all the time, I wouldn't stick her in a dry lot with nothing to chew on.
As you can see, she's quite a big girl
Thanks for the help everyone! I think Starlite will make a good lawn mower for Dream
If the area is small enough they won't just eat the grass down, but completely kill it as well. I penned up the area and put the horses in there. The grass was gone in no time and while it tried to come back a couple times - we don't even get a blade of grass growing in there anymore. Horses are VERY hard on grass when they are penned up in a small area.
We keep ours on a dry lot (sometimes called a sacrifice lot) during the winter and during severe wet weather. It keeps my pasture in shape and keeps it from getting overgrazed. Its about 2 acres for 4 horses. We have put down limestone screenings in the heavy traffic areas and a large mound where the hay bale is. It drains well and keeps the mud at a minimum. We plan on bringing in some large gravel around the water tank and in the alley ways this spring.
In the summer there are areas where grass will grow if the horses haven't used it in awhile. I just mow it.