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    10-25-2008, 10:36 PM
Getting on to pasture and the cons

How do you wean a horse onto pasture if you don't have a stall to stick them in? At my barn right now when its summer we get to do pasture but its easy to monitor their hours because they have the stalls to go back into when the 2 hrs are up.

So what do I do if I don't have a stall to put the horse in and its just a pasture. I don't want her to collic or anythig bad.

Also since I've never had a horse on 24/7 grass do they tend to get more "hot" , energy. Right now im trying to decrease Gypsy's grain to see if she will be less wound up or its just she has so much darn energy which is ok...
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    10-25-2008, 11:06 PM
I would decrease her grain and add a ration balancer or good vitamin/mineral supplement ...

Is there a way you can make her a dry lot?? A smaller pen where you can let her tromp and eat the grass bare??
    10-25-2008, 11:21 PM
Im not 100% sure if I can do that. But that could be one way to go.
    10-25-2008, 11:27 PM
See if there is a pasture that is either a dry lot, like Peggy suggested, or a pasture that has little grass in it.
When we moved Gem and Vega, their "stall" when they weren't out grazing in the bigger pasture, was a nice sized pasture that was already eaten and was half dirt, half grass (but like I said it was already eaten). They would go out for 2 hours and would gradually be worked up. But when Gem coliced, we got a grazing muzzle for him so he could be out with Vega but wouldn't be able to eat a lot of grass.

As for you question about them being hot or having more energy, I found that Vega (My "hot" mare) has calmed down considerably and has become more laid back. I feel that when horses have the chance to roam and do whatever they want expel off their energy more so than horses that don't have the room (Like a dog kenneled all day, as opposed to a dog that is allowed to have run of the house)
    10-25-2008, 11:41 PM
Ok, so with gradually bringing them up would that be like adding an hour each week? Or half a week?

I might try a grazing muzzle just to be safe you know.

Good to hear that being on grass might not get her hot.
    10-25-2008, 11:45 PM
I think my BO increased it every 3 days or something. So in 2 weeks or so they were out all the time.
Though we kind of had to restart it all when Gem went back out with Vega.

The only con I can think of is that if your horse doesn't come up to you, and they're WAY back in the pasture, you have to walk all that. AND, if you put a fly mask on, make sure it can't fall off, or be pulled off, like Vega's. She just LOVED getting it off in the far far corner. Instead of walking it (like I did the first time) I would hop on her bareback and ride out and find it.
    10-26-2008, 01:32 AM
Oh so it dosent take that long to get them use to it.
No I just have to shake the grain bucket and she will run like a crazed wildabeast! She's a big pig when it comes to food! I don't have probs with fly masked although it is interesting to see the horses that have figured out how to take them off. We have a few at the barn now and bell boots are the same they always come off! But no one gets them so they stay out forever. (not my horse not my prob, kinda barn)
    10-26-2008, 09:46 PM
Nope horse's on grass will not get hot from it.
There are grazing muzzles that you can use so she can't intake any.
    10-26-2008, 10:06 PM
Thanks! Yah I never new there were grazing muzzles I always thought they were for horses that bite people,lol.
Im going to go with a muzzle if I can't get a dry lot (spot). At least then she wont be stuck in one small part and yet it will keep me happy. :)
    10-27-2008, 02:31 PM
If you do go for the grazing muzzle, make sure it is adjusted properly, and she can still drink and get some grass.

When I put it on Gem, he didn't like it one bit. I had to pick up grass and show him he could still eat. But he kept tossing his head and obviously didn't like it. Though after a bit he got used to it.

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