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    08-14-2011, 09:53 PM
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Weanling
Manure Fork question as well as Hay to Pasture

Is the purpose of the fork so the dirt can be left in cleaning up the Manure? Using a shovel so far and sure picks up a good bit of dirt

Also, I have had my horse in the pasture during the days for about 4 days now and my question is if he is getting alot of grass from the pasture, about 10 hrs or so per day, does he even need hay? I give pellets twice a day as well as hay twice a day plus now the grazing. I mite just start leaving the gate open to where he can go graze at night if he wants to as well. During winter I plan to plant rye so he can graze pretty much yr round.
     
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    08-15-2011, 12:29 PM
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Yes, a fork allows bedding or dirt to fall thru so you pretty much just have the poo to toss away. Using a shovel can work if you have a rake to pull the poo onto it. Not as easy and harder work. ;) If you limit pasture time for more than a very few hours you will need to be sure there is hay available. Horses are grazing animals and their digestion suffers if they have no munchies for many hours.
     
    08-16-2011, 11:57 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Appyt    
Yes, a fork allows bedding or dirt to fall thru so you pretty much just have the poo to toss away. Using a shovel can work if you have a rake to pull the poo onto it. Not as easy and harder work. ;) If you limit pasture time for more than a very few hours you will need to be sure there is hay available. Horses are grazing animals and their digestion suffers if they have no munchies for many hours.
i wonder how much hay a horse needs to hold him for an 8 hr period? And that's in case you don't have grazing grass at the time
     
    08-16-2011, 07:12 PM
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i wonder how much hay a horse needs to hold him for an 8 hr period? And that's in case you don't have grazing grass at the time
I would suggest using a hay net with the small holes and filling it with 2 flakes. This would keep him busy longer rather than scarfing it up quickly and then having nothing. He probably would only eat about half of it.. I like to have feed available but I don't like it flung around and wasted. ;) I would also guess around 5-10# to be safe. Adjust as you see what is needed.
     
    08-16-2011, 09:59 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Appyt    
I would suggest using a hay net with the small holes and filling it with 2 flakes. This would keep him busy longer rather than scarfing it up quickly and then having nothing. He probably would only eat about half of it.. I like to have feed available but I don't like it flung around and wasted. ;) I would also guess around 5-10# to be safe. Adjust as you see what is needed.
is hay different from grass as far as what the horse wants? Do they prefer one over the other ? I guess hay is basically grass anyway though.
     
    08-16-2011, 10:20 PM
  #6
Trained
Some lazy horses prefer hay because they can just stand there & eat. But overall, I have ran across more horses that like grazing on grass.
     
    08-16-2011, 11:55 PM
  #7
Yearling
Do they prefer hay or grass? Depends on the hay and the grass. ;o)

Alfalfa over green grass.
Green grass over coastal. (The greener/shorter the grass typically the more sugary it is)
Coastal hay over burnt grass.
     
    08-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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is hay different from grass as far as what the horse wants? Do they prefer one over the other ? I guess hay is basically grass anyway though.
Hay is grass but it is dried grass. Most horses crave live grass over regular grass hay. I've had some who would eat hay anytime and others who stick up their noses as soon as the grass comes up in spring.

Alfalfa isn't technically grass tho it is forage.. Most horses think it's sugar so heck yes they want that. Lol
     

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