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    06-10-2008, 08:01 PM
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Trained
Going from stall to 24/7 turn out

As some of you may know, Tom and I are moving our horses to a different place. They are going to be going from a small turn out with no grass and being in a stall overnight (from about 3pm-8am) to being turned out 24/7. At first they are going to be in a dry lot and turned out into a grass pasture for an hour a day and increasing it slowly over 2 weeks to being out all the time. They are going to come in to get fed.
The owner suggested Vega getting fed 3x a day to monitor her potassium levels. Is that a good idea to change her from getting fed 2x a day to 3x a day? Is there anything I should be concerned about her being able to graze anytime she wants?
There is also going to a salt block for Gem and Vega to have.

The trailer ride is going to be about 10 min, but I know stress can trigger an attack. Is there anything I should do before, during and after the ride to make sure she's ok?

I'm just a nervous mom and has never dealt with trailer or moving an hypp positive horse.
BTW, she's hypp N/H if that matters or not.
     
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    06-10-2008, 08:22 PM
  #2
Showing
I'm not sure on the feeding change, but I can't see a problem with going to 3 smaller meals rather than 2 larger ones. It acually is a pretty good idea.
We used to trailer Fancy all over and never had any problems. It'll be ok
     
    06-10-2008, 08:33 PM
  #3
Trained
*sigh of relief*
Ahhh! Thank you Vida! I'm just getting so nervous over this. And then Tom is like "I would just keep her at 2 meals a day, she's used to that" which is true, but then I got to thinking that an extra meal would stress her out and all.:roll: Men I tell ya

Thanks for that Vida. It's made me feel better
     
    06-11-2008, 06:40 AM
  #4
Showing
First, congrats on moving them! That certainly sounds like healthier environment. :)

3 feed/day actually better (if smaller portions) than 2. As for grass since you plan on doing it slowly should not be any problems at all there. I probably rather start it with half-hour/day for first several days (if it's really lush), than 1 hour, 2 hours, etc.
     
    06-11-2008, 09:59 AM
  #5
Banned
I'm not sure about the feeding change, Appy...but I know when I bought Sonny he was used to having just a whole round bale in the pasture and being able to eat whenever he pleases and now he gets a bale in the morning, and if he finishes it at night he'll get a little bit more to last the night.

I wouldn't be too worried with her grazing whenever they wanted as long as they have been SLOWLY introduced to the grass so they don't colic.

Well I'd make sure you drive fairly slow, but that may not be needed....stress in a trailer is usually by the horse is stressed out already or the speed the trailer/car is going, the turns, and stops.

But I'm sure you will have no difficulty at all :) congrats, Appy on getting a new stables for Vega and Gem...I'm sure they will love the new place
     
    06-11-2008, 10:09 AM
  #6
Weanling
I had a HYPP horse years ago. He had the full genetic dose and would occasionally "seize" as I called it, if he got fed the wrong thing.

But the number of meals increasing should be a blessing for yours as it keeps the body system more consistent than just two meals. And the trailer ride, I would not worry about either. Bo never had trouble in a trailer, esp a short ride.
     
    06-11-2008, 11:11 AM
  #7
Trained
Thank you so much everyone! I figured 3 meals a day would be good, but all boarding places i've seen/gone to would feed horses 2x a day, except for the older horses.

When we move them, i'll talk more with the owner about the grazing.
I don't know how lush it is, but it is nice and green.

Barefoothooves- thanks for reassuring me on the trailer ride again :) Vega's never had any attacks, but i'm just a worry wart.

I'll document with pictures and some videos and full written response when we move them.
     
    06-11-2008, 11:54 AM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by appylover31803
When we move them, i'll talk more with the owner about the grazing.
I don't know how lush it is, but it is nice and green.
I think that's a great idea to talk to the BO. I've seen suggestions even to start from 15 mins and than increase. I started mine on 30 mins for 4-5 days, than 1 hour, and so on. Just didn't want to give any chance to laminites. Although I've seen people just let horses go for several hours right away.
     
    06-11-2008, 12:10 PM
  #9
Trained
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I've seen people just let horses go for several hours right away.
That's crazy!

We do hand graze them, but I think the longest we've done that for is like an hour or so.

I'm sure Vega would be more interested in running and bucking than eating at first. Not sure what Gem would do. Probably run, see grass, eat, then buck and run and repeat.

Gem's feet are also overgrown since the farrier like refuses to trim him. Once we move them, we're having a farrier come out to trim him, but do we have to really watch him because of his feet?
     
    06-12-2008, 12:42 PM
  #10
Foal
I like what everyone else has said because the grass is really the most important part. Usually once you hit June you don't have to worry as much as in April - May when the DHP levels in the grass are at their highest. The biggest problem you would see with letting them graze more than a half hour right off the bat is that they get really runny poop. It will get all down their legs and that's just gross, so it's best to just start them off slow to avoid any problems that could come up. Gradually you can drop their feed as well; they aren't going to need all that much when they are grazing all day.
     

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