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    03-19-2008, 06:44 PM
  #1
Weanling
Adjusting to 24/7 pasture?

Hi :)

Okay, I actually have a couple of questions!

I will most likely be moving my horse to a new facility in May where she will be on 24/7 pasture turnout. My concern is that she has been on a dry lot all winter long and...as far as I know, will not be turned out onto grass by the time we move. The place we are moving to does not have any dry lots either. What could I do to ensure that she doesn't have any founder issues after we move? I know that I can put a grazing muzzle on her but I'm still worried even then she'll be getting a bit too much high sugar grass.

My other question...I have had her on a multi-vitamin supplement all winter but now since we will be moving and have access to alot of grass as well as high quality hay, should I take her off it? She's been on VITAPLUS, from smartpak. She won't be on A LOT of hay, MAYBE 1 flake AM and PM, that is still to be decided on how well she does.

I also had/have her on Nutrena Youth, but am in the process of switching her over to AET Easy Keeper, which I buy from a local company. She was on 1/4 scoop of youth and 1 scoop oats that my barn provided. With her being on the grass, should I have her on about 1/2 scoop of the Easy Keeper? Or should I keep it low with her being on grass?

Hopefully that all makes sense! Feel free to ask questions if you have any as well.

Any response would be great

LINK to info/mineral content of Easy Keeper: http://www.vandefeed.com/easykeeper.html
     
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    03-19-2008, 09:10 PM
  #2
Showing
Thats a tough question! I usually take a week or so switching my kids to grass. Since you don't have that option I would definitely use a grazing muzzle or even an oatbag on her so she can't gorge on the grass. Is there any way you can stall her for a few hours a day so she can get some hay? I would call your vet and see what he has to say about it. There may be something you can give her as a preventative. I cut out all supplements when they go on the spring grass and then start back up when the nutrition level of the grass drops around July.
     
    03-19-2008, 09:23 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Thats a tough question! I usually take a week or so switching my kids to grass. Since you don't have that option I would definitely use a grazing muzzle or even an oatbag on her so she can't gorge on the grass. Is there any way you can stall her for a few hours a day so she can get some hay? I would call your vet and see what he has to say about it. There may be something you can give her as a preventative. I cut out all supplements when they go on the spring grass and then start back up when the nutrition level of the grass drops around July.
Okay, that makes sense. Thanks vida! Yes, she does have access to a stall but I'm not sure how we would be able to work that out. If we throw hay outside would that do the same thing...or is it better for her to be off the grass?
     
    03-19-2008, 09:36 PM
  #4
Showing
I start out with just a few hours on grass then back on free choice hay. Adding a few hours on the grass every day til they are out all day. I'm afraid if you threw her hay when she was on grass, she would just leave the hay and go for the grass. I know mine would

Edit: I just saw an article on this let me see if I can find it...
Here it is: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=11469
     
    04-15-2008, 12:02 PM
  #5
Yearling
24/7

My horse is in a pasture year arround. Although since ur horse hasnt been in one like what you say for 24/7. I would get like a grazing muzzle or something. And or exercise her more frequently
     

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