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post #11 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 11:20 AM
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I agree, many times ponies are safer off pasture. Fat little ponies on green lush grass equals founder in a short time. I've had too many fat little foundered ponies come in to even think about anything besides a dry lot for them.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 11:30 AM
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As long as their forage/grazing needs are met, they're perfectly fine.

If you wanted to provide some grass, you can section off the pasture and rotate. Seeing that you have mini's, it isn't that hard [monetarily] to supply enough forage and nourishment, but I'd go broke if I had to supply ALL my girls' forage, haha. I wouldn't keep them on a dry lot just for that reason. =P

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 11:43 AM
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Hi, your minis will be fine without grass as long as they get all the fibre and nutrients they need :)
We have a 0.6 acre paddock and 1 15hh horse, he has loads of room to gallop about in and in winter grass levels are low but we always can spend all the money we have on hay!
Really love you mini btw, so cute and im so jelous, im going to have one one day

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Thanks for your comments everybody. I feel MUCH happier about it now!
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 12:45 PM
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They are cute. I keep my in "sacrifice paddocks" all winter and then when it rains or has been dry for long periods of time. They are smaller paddocks that I use to protect my pasture. My horses have been standing in mud for 2 days now because of rain. I won't let them tear up my grass though, they'll thank me in the long run....

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post #16 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 01:23 PM
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They are cute. I keep my in "sacrifice paddocks" all winter and then when it rains or has been dry for long periods of time. They are smaller paddocks that I use to protect my pasture. My horses have been standing in mud for 2 days now because of rain. I won't let them tear up my grass though, they'll thank me in the long run....
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 01:49 PM
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I live in az, so no pasture. There isa lot of dirt. We feed psillium (excuse spelln) every 2 to 3 months because of that.
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 02:09 PM
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I feed psyllium once a week.

I do have pasture but I also have dirt, and the horses eat off the ground.

Most of the area around where I live is red clay, but not my acreage; it's dirt and rocks.

I'd rather be safe than sorry, and have been giving them generic Metamucil once a week in their feed. Sure don't want anybody sand colicking!
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I was about to mention sand colic, you guys beat me to it. XD
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-18-2010, 03:38 PM
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My horses were in a dry lot for the past year, we just put them in paddocks to seperate them - one is an older mare we believe is IR or has Cushings so her paddock had very little grass when she went in it, but she has something to nibble on. As long as they have hay, I don't see the problem. All too often you see minis are overweight so dry lot is probably better for most minis than being on grass.

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