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        08-14-2009, 11:24 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Lol I reakon ay, there horses, made to eat forage.
         
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        08-15-2009, 02:02 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    My point exactly...lol
         
        08-18-2009, 03:01 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Horses need to up-regulate their enzymes and absorption systems in their digestive systems to deal with differences in feeds. This is why you ALWAYS make feeding changes slowly. Even if you're just changing from grass hay to grass pasture. If you don't you can cause a colic or founder. The rule of thumb I've learned in school is start with 15mins a day and add 15mins everyday until you are at 4 hours. At that point they can stay out full time without any worries (beyond the usual issues anyways!)
         
        08-18-2009, 03:13 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    With only half an acre of what you describe as "sparse" grass, two horses may well graze you down to a dry lot fairly quickly if left out 24/7.
         
        08-18-2009, 03:15 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by charliBum    
    lol I reakon ay, there horses, made to eat forage.
    Quite right, however, a horse that is not accustomed to digesting 24/7 graze will need time for their systems to adjust to the new diet.
         
        08-19-2009, 04:46 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Let em' graze!! It's natural! You Americans love your stables!
         
        08-19-2009, 04:53 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Lol I reakon, I almost died with laughter at the option of 15mins longer every day, hell, tape that **** up and break feed it
         
        08-19-2009, 08:17 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SallyRC123    
    Let em' graze!! It's natural! You Americans love your stables!
    You should watch your generalizations. I've NEVER kept my horses in a stable. They live outdoors year round in Minnesota's bitter cold ass winters. They are not rugged/blanketed and have a three sided shelter and free choice hay to keep them warm during our -25 degree (F) winters. The only people that I know that stable their horses on a regular basis are show barns that do not have adequate shelter outdoors to protect the horses from inclement weather. That and Saddlebred barns... My point is that even if you do keep your horse outside all year round, at least in MN the are on hay for about 6-8 months because we don't have any grass. When the new grass comes up in the spring it is very rich and can cause many problems with horses (colic, laminitis, etc) if you just throw them out. Besides the fact that you trash your pasture and don't have any grass by July (by which point we stop getting rain for quite awhile).... So basically its taking good care of our horses and our land to slowly acclimate them to the new pastures.
         
        08-19-2009, 08:22 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    You should watch your generalizations. I've NEVER kept my horses in a stable. They live outdoors year round in Minnesota's bitter cold ass winters. They are not rugged/blanketed and have a three sided shelter and free choice hay to keep them warm during our -25 degree (F) winters. The only people that I know that stable their horses on a regular basis are show barns that do not have adequate shelter outdoors to protect the horses from inclement weather. That and Saddlebred barns... My point is that even if you do keep your horse outside all year round, at least in MN the are on hay for about 6-8 months because we don't have any grass. When the new grass comes up in the spring it is very rich and can cause many problems with horses (colic, laminitis, etc) if you just throw them out. Besides the fact that you trash your pasture and don't have any grass by July (by which point we stop getting rain for quite awhile).... So basically its taking good care of our horses and our land to slowly acclimate them to the new pastures.
    Thank you, MN, for putting it into words for me.
         

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