Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
If your horse has never been out on pasture for long periods of time, I wouldn't just throw him out there and leave him to it. I would introduce him to pasture slowly. 1/2 hour, to an hour, to a couple of hours, to etc, etc, etc, gradually increase until he is out full time.
When you put him out for the first time, stand around and watch. Just keep an eye on how things are going and interfear if you have to - most of the time horses work things out amongst themselves and the pecking order will be established in no time.
My guy gets turned out with just under 40 horses *during the summer before his hock injury* and the pecking order gets established quite quickly. Nelson is just inbetween - he is right in the middle of the alphabet. He isn't in the A's, nor is he in the Z's - he's right smack dab in the middle where he'll dominate, but will also be dominated.
Nelson does very well when he is out on pasture, but even when the grass is good, I keep him on hay as well because alot of the contents of grass, is water.