Hi Ryle, thank you for the response. I am also a vet tech, but work with small animals.
In the winter the pastures are snow covered so unless they dig for it, they don't have any grass. Now that the snow is melting, the grass is very minimal because it is still dormant and has not had a chance to grow yet. Once it does grow, there is alot of it for most of the summer. She is very good about turning them out for short periods of time to introduce them to it once it does grow, but I still don't understand the who thing about bringing their weight down before hand. I have never had someone tell me at a boarding facility that they were going to cut the horses back so that they will lose weight before turning them out on grass. I think that if the horses are not overweight before turning them out on grass, then why cause them to lose weight. One of the other boarders takes her horse to a large indoor near our barn once a week and the trainer there made a comment on how thin her horse was. Anyhow, I am going out to the barn tomorrow and will try to remember to take pics so you can see how much weight my gelding lost over the last month. Maybe he just looks skinny to me and you guys will reassure me that he looks ok. I just want what is best for my horses and don't want them to look like they are starved. Thanks again all.