Where I board my horse, has no more grass. When he gets turned out, its just dirt the grass is dead and eaten, trampled and gone. No grass for grazing. Ugh, what should I do? Its the only place I can board at because we have no boarding that's close enough and we that we can afford and I can't bare to part with my baby!
I know grazing helps blood flow throughout the legs and such. I spread out the hay a little so he has to move around to get it but I feel like I could do more, like he's not getting he adequate nutrients he deserves as a horse. He gets grain at noon and at bed time, and hay during the morning and night, and sometimes he gets an armful or two during the day when I go out there.
I don't know what else to do. Is he eating properly? Should I try and keep hay in front of him 24-7? It is winter, so It gets wet and moldy fast and since there are only two horses in his pen, they can't throw a round bale int here because it'll mold before they finish it, so I don't know what to do. My stable lets me feed my horse whenever I want and they feed him for me at night and each morning, and I'm careful that if I give him grain, I tell them not to grain him so doesn't run hot but I'm worried because he's not getting any grass! Of all the books I read they said that having your horse turned out to grass for multiple hours a day is the most important and healthy thing you can do for your horse. I'm stressing out now because there isn't any.
Any suggestions? Please and thanks.
( I'm one VERY worried first time horse owner. *choke* I want my horse to be happy and healthy and I'm afraid I'm not fulfilling my duties with him. )