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  • Yearling horses + founder + spring grass
  • when does pasture grass grow

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    02-15-2013, 05:49 PM
  #1
Yearling
Spring Is on its way...

Therefore, I would like some friendly advice on how to prevent founder or lamintitis... caused by grass.

I want to do everything possible to prevent founder in my horse, so any advice would be great.

Spring is on its way and the snow will be starting to melt, and new grass will be starting to grow. Breeze will be moving from a no grass corral to a bigger pasture with lots of grass. Last year (before I got Breeze, but was working with another horse out there) the horses were moved later in the spring, when the grass wasn't so new because one of the horses had foundered the year before. (Although they were in a bigger pasture, with more green grass)

This said, since another horse foundered and became a pasture pet, because she could no longer be ridden, I would like to take every precaution to prevent founder in Breeze.

What time of the year should I turn her out, late spring, mid spring, early spring? Beginning of summer?

Should I only let her have a limited amount of grass a day for a while, and gradually let her have more?

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    02-15-2013, 06:58 PM
  #2
Yearling
Typically, you want to get your horse used to grass little by little. I have found that with pasture horses where the grass grows, it grows so slowly that the horses don't need an introduction period. By the time it is lush and green, they are "used" to it.

I would caution about throwing a horse out into anything green without an introduction period if its not been grazing before (stall to pasture or dry lot to pasture).

I would put the horse out now, before the grass comes up. The grass will come up little by little and the horse will graze it as it comes up. Or you could wait until the grass is up and hand graze the horse each day to get it used to grass before you toss it out in the field.
     
    02-15-2013, 07:12 PM
  #3
Yearling
I would put her out now, but I am not allowed because I board her and there are cows in the pasture until spring. Typically, Breeze will go out along with the other horses when the cows are gone... but she will go out on lead before she gets into the pasture, so she has time to get use to it. Atleast that was my plan...


Is it bad for horses to eat to much fresh green grass at a time, or does that just matter if they are given it all of the sudden?
     
    02-15-2013, 07:26 PM
  #4
Started
I agree with now, or before it starts really growing. I don't feed any grain when on good pasture
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    02-15-2013, 07:35 PM
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Yearling
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I agree with now, or before it starts really growing. I don't feed any grain when on good pasture
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I take Breeze for walks everytime I am out there, and once the snow starts to melt, we will be stopping for grass, the snow is still to deep to get to the grass. I can't put her out with the cows, but if I could I would. It is not my decision, we get free board (I do choirs though) and I have one pen to work with Breeze, so I cannot take her to another pen, but I do take her out in the yard, and down the road.

I might ask if I can let Breeze out in the big pasture (not the one she will be in, about 5 acres or less) just to run and play for a while, and let her out there every few days, while the snow melts. But I don't think I will be able to, because there are cows in that pasture too.
     
    02-15-2013, 07:41 PM
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What do the cows have to do with turning her out in that pasture? Just land owners wishes or?
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    02-15-2013, 07:57 PM
  #7
Yearling
Yes, they do a lot of sorting, and stuff with the cows, so it is there wishes not to have the horses in with them, in the spring, the horses will be in with the yearling heifers, until they go out to pasture, but for winter, the horses will get in the way. Once they are out in pasture, they will be off hay until the grass runs out, they back on it.

If it was my farm, I would throw the horses in with the cows, but it is not, so I have to go with what the Land owners say
     
    02-15-2013, 10:23 PM
  #8
Banned
With my horses their on dry lot all winter once grass is up I only let them out on it for 30 minutes to start. Then up that time every 3 to 4 days they are PITAS to catch cause they want to stay out and eat. So to aid catching I leave long ropes on their halters slows them down so I can get them. Before I turn them out I make sure their full on hay so they don't go hog wild eating grass.Every 3 to 4 days I add 10 minutes onto their grass time.
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    02-16-2013, 11:17 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Ditto introducting your horse gradually but also invest in a grazing muzzle.

I use the Tough-1 Easy Breath as the nostril holes are big, they have a breakaway, and they're cheap.

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Tough-1 Easy Breathe Grazing Muzzle <>

Grazing muzzles cannot be left on 24/7. The horse can wear the muzzle during daylight hours, take it off for the night

Proper adjustment is crucial to allow the horse to nibble thru the grazing hole and also drink water
     
    02-17-2013, 11:41 AM
  #10
Yearling
If the horse will tie out, I'd start by tying out for grass for like
30 mins for a few days, then an hour, then a couple hours.. Gradually get it to be all day.
     

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