OUR VERY FIRST HORSE ARRIVES TODAY!!
Good morning. I am new to your site, having only discovered it late last night, and it is only just 7am this morning, so by that you can see the level of excitement! Rowan, our chestnut mare, 15.1,,13 yrs old, tb x (with something!) arrives today from Shropshire. We have beautiful new stables, the best rubber matting, shavings and 16 acres of ungrazed grass.....and that's my question. The place where Rowan has come from had no grass at all, so she has been on feed, hay and a bare field. Some are telling me that she can be turned out straight away, others are saying very gradual introduction to the grazing. I have to say that I am minded to go with the second option - reduce the feed, give her hay, and I have sectioned off a very small piece of grazing. My thoughts are that I will increase the grazing maybe by a metre a week? Primarily she is our daughters first horse - my daughter being a novice rider, so the work Rowan will be doing will be hacking out probably every other day, I have a terrible fear of colic, and having researched it, I am sure that going from no grass to lush grass could cause just that. Am I right in my thinking?Any advice would be truly welcomed. Thank you so much.