While I have riding experience, been taking lessons for the past year, and do a ton of reading about horses every day, I'm still a bit nervous about owning one. I read stories about owners who made mistakes with their horse causing founder or colic and I just can't imagine how horrible that must be.
So I have a few questions. I was reading about colic and I found this:
|The best way to avoid the risk of colic is to offer free-choice grass and hay so your horse can graze throughout the day, and to limit the amounts of grain, while providing daily turnout and regular exercise.|
What Causes Horse Colic?
And it says colic chances increase
|If the grazing is overcrowded or available for less than 8 hours each day|
But then I'm reading that too much grazing can cause founder.
So how do you find the balance with the two? I know that sweet grass isn't good for grazing. What is the best type of grass for a horse to graze? How do you know when he's grazing too much?
Any particular breeds of horses more likely to colic?
I have a lot of acreage and was hoping to let the horse just live out. I will have a very nice run in shed of course. I just thought it would be nice to let him/her roam and graze all day.
If you do this, I assume you still give hay, correct? How do you know the balance? I get the impression sometimes that there isn't a lot of room for error and that scares me.
I can't seem to find the balance between letting a horse graze enough to not cause colic, but not letting him graze too much as it can cause founder.
It's possible I'm over complicating this! :)