I've always boarded my horse but have recently built a new home/barn. We have about 6 acres of pasture my horse will have access to. She's a senior TB who does light trail riding a couple times per week. She will have a large paddock to begin with until the rest of the fence is complete. She also gets grain twice a day. The pasture is coastal hay and we also have, oddly enough, tons of very thick and green winter grass - I don't know what it is.
In this situation how much hay is needed? I thought perhaps one or two flakes in a nibble net per day would be ok? I'm guessing the paddock will get grazed down fairly quickly. I wasn't planning on feeding hay in the summer months.
She is on a dry lot now and will need to be introduced to pasture slowly. In this situation is a grazing muzzle sufficient? I'm paranoid about keeping her in a stall when we aren't home. (I had a friend lose a horse in a barn fire). We have dutch doors on the outside of the barn so she will be free to come and go from paddock to stall.