My two horses are moving home this weekend! Eek I'm so excited! My horse's new home is a pretty large fertile field with lots of yummy stuff for them. I've had it checked and made sure everything was horsey-safe. My mare is a big chunky draft horse who's an easy keeper and I hand graze her fairly often and she never has trouble on grass. My new pony on the other hand hasn't had more than a few bites of fresh, growing grass in years! They're both in dry lots. I know they both need to be weaned onto eating the grass, but I was wondering how - how long should they be allowed out a day to get used to eating grass again? I imagine my drafty mare would be able to be out longer than the pony at first, but how long? And how long should I limit it? Could they ever get to the point I could leave them out all day?
Thanks for all your help!