Well, I will soon be trying to acclimate my gelding into my barns gelding pasture.
I have not had a horse on total pasture ever so I know nothing about keeping a horse in this way.
Currently I just moved him aout of the main barn where he was in a stall with a paddock, to a bigger paddock with a run in.
He currently eats about 4 flakes of grass hay and one small flakes of alfalfa.
I just started the alfalfa about a month or so ago when I noticed he had dropped weight due to the cold.
He als is getting Safe choice, and farriers formula and OCD pellets. Which will become my responsibility to feed once he goes out to the gelding pasture. He also gets Adequan every month
At this time the horses in the pasture are being fed grass hay, but as the pasture grass gets better and the weather warmer they will not feed the horses in pasture.
A couple of things to take into consideration. My horse has never in his life been out with other horses in the same enclosure. Not even as a foal because he was really sick as a youngster.
I have already introduced him to one of the horses that is currently in pasture. My gelding seems to be the dominant one of the two.
When we walk around the property I try to let him meet the others in the pasture.
Right now there are 3 horses in that pasture. An older paint gelding, a yearling colt, and another gelding who will likely come out of the pasture in May because he gets to fat. Lol he already is fat.
What should I know about him switching over from being fed grass hay to eating pasture grass? What are some things to watch for once he is settled and stays out in the pasture??
Any tips or concerns would be appreciated.
Usually when I change feed, I try to do it over a 7-14 days period, not sure how this will work for going to a pasture settinng.