Is it ok to feed my horse this way for the spring?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Is it ok to feed my horse this way for the spring?

This is a discussion on Is it ok to feed my horse this way for the spring? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Do you feed hay to horses in spring
  • Can my horse only graze and have no hay

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-25-2011, 05:20 PM
  #1
Foal
Is it ok to feed my horse this way for the spring?

Hello. I have six acres that my horses graze on. The grass is long and full of nutrients right now. I keep them out there for most of the day and then I bring them in at night for dinner. I live in Idaho, I feed the horses alfalfa and beet bulp. I feed alfalfa because its the only thing that has kept wight on them during the winter. Since it is spring the horses have seemed a bit hot so I was going to leave the horses out to pasture all day and night and then just give them beet pulp, no alfalfa. I come from a hunter/jumper backgrond so Im used to feeding hay twice a day plus beet pulp and grain. But if I can save money on just letting my horses graze for 24 hours with no hay or alfalfa for the spring that would be awsome. Any suggestions?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    04-25-2011, 05:30 PM
  #2
Foal
I would make sure they have a mineral and salt block and drop the beet pulp in favor of a ration balancer. To me, the beet pulp is only providing what they are getting from the grass already. The big thing here in my mind is making sure they get all the vitamins and minerals they need :)
I'm sure somebody else will chime in though! I haven't kept a horse on only grass in many years!
     
    04-25-2011, 05:52 PM
  #3
Foal
I do have a trace mineral salt block out there for them. They would only be on pasture feed until about july. I believe that's when the nutrients in our grass start to dry up.
     
    04-25-2011, 06:20 PM
  #4
Foal
Theres nothing wrong with that. Hay is dried grass anyway..... Grass is better and fresher..... :) Some horses live on grass and get very little grain and look very well.....
     
    04-25-2011, 08:40 PM
  #5
Banned
Wink

Yeah the grass would be just fine as long as you provide salt and minerals there are many horses that live on pasture alone. I know many people that their horses live on grass all summer and only get grain when ridden and the horses are healthy and in good weight.
     
    04-25-2011, 09:37 PM
  #6
Foal
Having them out for that long on grass in the spring can be dangerous. They aren't used to the grass because they haven't been eating it all winter. They should only be getting about 15 minutes of grass in a day. In addition, the grass is extremely rich and can cause laminitis if eaten too much.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spring Horse Contest! AngieLee Horse Contests 6 04-13-2011 10:51 PM
Spring Bay Horse Trials! eventerdrew Eventing 14 04-13-2011 04:20 PM
Spring and the Laminitis-prone horse Eliz Horse Health 5 03-25-2011 01:26 AM
Going into spring with a lamnitis-prone horse... Wallaby Horse Nutrition 4 01-26-2011 08:54 PM
Spring Fling Fun Horse Show MINIATURE SHETLANDS Horse Shows 0 03-06-2009 01:14 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0