My mare will be finishing her training on the 14th of May and rather than bring her back home (to a 24X48 corrall with minimal turn out) I've decided to board her nearby. The facility is pasture board only and she has always been kept in a dry lot type situation with 24/7 access to bermuda and 1/2 flake of alfalfa per day.
The pasture is located in the mts of east san diego county and the grass is just starting to die off (light green/turning yellow) this time of year and will be totally dead by June.
Do the same concerns/rules apply for introducing a horse to pasture if the grass isn't lush/green? (founder/colic)
I'm not planning on her sustaining herself on the pasture and will be providing the same free choice bermuda that she currently getting, along with her daily/weekly supplements.
Also (sorry for the double question) Say she could be out for 15 mins w/o a muzzle initially, how much longer would I be able to turn her out if she were wearing a grazing muzzle?