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  • Y HORSE NEVER HAD GRASS NOW SHE HAS A GRREN PASTURE
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    02-07-2013, 11:06 AM
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Foal
horse was kept on sand, moved to a green pasture

My mare was kept on sand and now she is on a green pasture. Now when I try to go riding I can't get her to stop eating the grass. Will she get used to being on grass? Do I have to worry about her over-eating? Is there anything I can do to train her that is ok to eat when she not tacked up?
     
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    02-07-2013, 11:11 AM
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Green Broke
Start green pasture slowly or they can founder. As far as the eating while tacked up. Just do not let her and she will get the hint. Some will pull the reins from your hands and try to eat. I do not allow that.
     
    02-07-2013, 11:14 AM
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Foal
Ive tried pulling up on the reins but then she acts up or she will start trotting. Should I just keep being persistant? And as far as the grazing, I was told to but a grazing muzzle on her, what do you think about muzzles?
     
    02-07-2013, 11:18 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Start green pasture slowly or they can founder. As far as the eating while tacked up. Just do not let her and she will get the hint. Some will pull the reins from your hands and try to eat. I do not allow that.

Hahaha Hunter tried to pull the reins and eat the grass one time and I kept saying no and not letting him do it. So he just went down on his knees with me on his back and started to eat the grass, was the funniest thing ever!
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    02-07-2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by brightestrebel    
ive tried pulling up on the reins but then she acts up or she will start trotting. She is already winning the "I Rule This Ride" You can't keep jerking on the reins and risk hurting her mouth or tearing the corners with the bit.

However, you can carry a riding crop and when that head jerks out of your hands, tighten the reins upward with one hand and smack her on the side of the face with the riding crop, being very careful to NOT get close to the eye. Also say "NO!" with pulling the reins and smacking her. You're going to have to get agressive to let her know she is not the boss of you in this grass-eating business.

Should I just keep being persistant? And as far as the grazing, I was told to but a grazing muzzle on her, what do you think about muzzles?Put a muzzle on her during daylight hours only. They are not meant to stay on the horse 24 hours a day. There are a few of us on this forum that own horses with metabolic issues and there a few who have fatties that might be headed for metabolic issues. We all use grazing muzzles.

Someone with some knowledge recognizes your horse is probably too fat and had the good sense to suggest a grazing muzzle.

Grazing muzzles are not inhumane - they are Tough Love.

Some horses can easily founder on grass, then you've got a horse you can't ride for a long time, needs its hooves re-habbed by a knowledgeable Trimmer or Farrier, not to mention the vet bills for X-rays to determine exactly how far the coffin bone rotated.
I buy my grazing muzzles from Chicks Saddlery. They are cheaper, have a breakaway and the shape of the grazing hole easily lets the horse lick the salt block.

Plus the nostril holes are huge and the horse doesn't struggle to breath. I have Big Head Tennessee Walkers and they cannot breathe well in anything but this type of muzzle.

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

You might also consider the slow feeder hay net to the right of the muzzle, for when your horse has hay in front of it

All muzzles allow the horse to drink water but if you have an automatic waterer, I would suggest putting a bucket out so the horse can dunk the muzzle and get enough water to drink.

Hope this helps
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    02-07-2013, 01:26 PM
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Green Broke
Never had to use a grazing muzzle because of my hard keeper but with my new mare, we shall see this summer how that goes. That girl can eat!
As far as the pulling the reins and doing it anyway, I agree that you need to get tough but personally I would not hit my horse in the face, maybe the neck or shoulder but.... you do need to show you are the leader the best way you can.
     
    02-07-2013, 01:34 PM
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Weanling
I wholeheartedly agree with nvr2many. I NEVER hit my horse it the face. The only exception to that rule is if he is being disrespectful and pushy with his head while I am on the ground or if he were to attempt to bite me. Hitting your horse in the face can make them head shy, which is no fun to deal with and not fair to the horse. When she stops to eat grass you need to lift up with your hands and use lots of leg to get her moving forward again. A smack on the shoulder with a crop can also be useful, but it my personal opinion, it should never be on the face.

Grazing muzzles are a great and important tool. They are completely humane and still give your horse access to some grass, they just cut down the intake to help reduce the possibility of founder. Best of luck with your horse!
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    02-07-2013, 02:53 PM
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To answer your question 'will she get used to being on grass', the answer is yes she eventually will. A couple of my horses came from situations (good situations mind you) where they weren't on grass and I have pasture. I'd say mine took most of the summer to "get their fill" of grass and to realize they were going right back on it after spending time with me. It's been my observation that horses that are a little unsure of their surroundings or a little anxious may also try grazing as it seems to be calming to them.
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    02-08-2013, 07:58 AM
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I think I need to qualify my "smack the horse in the side of face".

I never hit my horses in the face either. However, when you're in the saddle and the horse already has it's head 2/3rds of the way down for grass, a smack at the face isn't going to be a legitmate smack in the face because you can't reach far enough to make a hard connection.

The horse generally gets lightly tapped and should associate putting its head down with something coming up out of the grass and biting it - making the whole experience very unpleasant.

Years ago, a good friend took a serious nose dive off her horse because she would not correct him from eating on the trail. She was about "5-foot nuthin', might have weighed 100 pounds and rode an English saddle.

We were at a fast walk, when her horse suddenly decided he wanted grass, lurched his head down and she went clear over his head. Thankfully nothing more than a few bruises that included her ego.

It became a real "bear" to correct that horse and smacking him on the side of the face, while sitting in the saddle, was the only thing that worked. At 100 lbs and with a short reach, the only damage done to him was HIS ego and the fear something in the grass was going to bite him
     
    02-08-2013, 08:13 AM
  #10
Foal
I couldn't help noticing the term "pull up on the reins". The best way is a quick bump on one rein only. I also do not use the word "NO" when schooling a horse. Sounds too much like "whoa". I use "QUIT" spoken in a growling type voice. My horses have all learned to stop what ever it is they are doing when I tell them QUIT.
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