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post #1 of 5 Old 04-18-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Weaning onto Grass

Howdy,
Boy I've been adding a lot of threads recently... Anyway, I'm taking my horses off property for an overnight trip and they are going to be on grass for almost 48 hours. What should I do in order to get my horses used to grass in two weeks as I may not have total access to a grass pasture. Note: The grass they are going to be on is horrible quality.
Should I be adding to their sugar load (Oats/high fat - energy feed) in order to get them used to the higher sugar they might encounter, or should put them on grass because thats what they will have?
Any advice welcome!

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-19-2012, 12:20 PM
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Howdy,
Boy I've been adding a lot of threads recently... Anyway, I'm taking my horses off property for an overnight trip and they are going to be on grass for almost 48 hours. What should I do in order to get my horses used to grass in two weeks as I may not have total access to a grass pasture. Note: The grass they are going to be on is horrible quality.
Should I be adding to their sugar load (Oats/high fat - energy feed) in order to get them used to the higher sugar they might encounter, or should put them on grass because thats what they will have?
Any advice welcome!
Firstly, are you saying your horses will be OFF grass for 48 hours? Do not add any sugar to their diet. Give them more hay rather than more grain. That goes for when you get to your destination as well. Give them access to grass pasture at intervals of 2-3 hours at a time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-19-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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They are going to be ON grass for 48 hours and they currently are receiving NO grass.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-19-2012, 10:08 PM
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you can give them sea kelp, the iodine in it helps neutraluze the sugar in rhe grass.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-19-2012, 10:14 PM
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Can you put them on grass for a few hours each day now? If so, put them out for an hour a couple days. Then 2 to 3 for a couple more days and keep increasing it.
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