I have 3 horses (just got a rescue on Tuesday). I bought one of the geldings and a mare from a lady who has had them since they were both 6 months old. The gelding is now 16 and the mare just turned 6.
When I bought them, the gelding was underweight. The lady I bough them from had too many horses and not enough pasture, plus he was being chased away from his hay by the others.
So, since I've had him...he has been on pasture 24/7 and gets a small amount of senior feed every morning. It's more of a treat than a feeding, as he only gets one scoop (3 quarts) of Nutrena Life Design Senior. He is back to a healthy looking weight and acts like he feels better. He gets no hay.
I plan on having round bales available all winter, but all 3 horses are now healthy and happy on pasture alone for the summer. The pasture is in good shape, they have access to fresh water at all times and they have a mineral block that each one uses daily.
Someone told me I wasn't taking good care of them because they need hay. Uh...??? Thoughts?