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    04-02-2012, 12:58 PM
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Weanling
Transitioning dry lot to pasture

I apologize b/c I've probably posted this question already and I'm sure some of you have already answered it in some form before. I'm just super paranoid about transitioning my horse. She's boarded up until now and this is my first time horse-keeping at home.

She's coming from a dry lot. She's been hand grazed for as much as an hour, but not on a regular basis (23 y/o TB mare) She's out in the day with a grazing muzzle and can go in and out from her stall to her grassy paddock (one acre). We have really good coastal hay in the paddock. She's in at night with hay to make sure she gets her roughage. She also gets pellets 2x per day for now.

She's starting with an hour a day free grazing. She's put on a timer and I've been watching for foot ouchies. Everything is fine so far. It's been a week.

I was going to bump her up 30 - 45 minutes per week on free grazing time. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? How did you manage it - any problems?
     
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    04-02-2012, 01:21 PM
  #2
mls
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Originally Posted by Remy410    
I was going to bump her up 30 - 45 minutes per week on free grazing time. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? How did you manage it - any problems?
Per week? Is your goal for her to be on pasture 24/7?

Do you have a sacrifice paddock?
     
    04-02-2012, 01:30 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Per week? Is your goal for her to be on pasture 24/7?

Do you have a sacrifice paddock?
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    04-02-2012, 01:32 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Per week? Is your goal for her to be on pasture 24/7?

Do you have a sacrifice paddock?
The goal is 24/7 turn out with stall access. We don't have a sacrifice paddock. Our place is in the middle of a hay pasture, 7 acres and we don't have it all fenced yet.
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    04-02-2012, 01:36 PM
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Green Broke
I've lived on my 5 acres (4 acres of gated grazing/riding areas) for about 12 years now. If you want a no-worry solution don't put your horse out to pasture until June, and if you're getting a monsoon then, wait a little bit longer. Otherwise, about one hour of grazing, even on fast growing spring grass won't hurt your horse.
It's all about a high concentration of carbohydrates that occurs in fast growing spring grass, and it is higher in the afternoon than in the morning. Put a halter on her so you can yank her off of it. She'll be eating like there's no tomorrow. My Vet comes out every spring to give shots and I get the lowdown on this year's grass founder cases. She gives shots for this, too, to prevent founder. Another thought, if you can train her to it, is to use the US Cavalry solution, a picket pin. We have 4 of these, and they pound into the ground with about 25 ft. Of rope and a snap for the halter. Your horse can only graze the circle around the pin, so you have more control. HOWEVER, they can get a nasty rope burn if they aren't used to it.
Talk to your Vet about this, too.
     

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