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

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    04-25-2011, 04:20 PM
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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?
     
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    04-25-2011, 04:30 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, 04:52 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, 05:20 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, 07:40 PM
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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, 08:37 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.
     

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