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post #11 of 12 Old 08-18-2011, 12:12 AM
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Yes, I'd think a shetland and a donk would be well matched, diet-wise. They shouldn't need anything else diet-wise, but a good quality complete supp for nutrition is generally a good idea. I agree, as others have said, that while you say your field isn't 'lush', it may well still be a problem for them, as Shetties & donkeys are extremely prone to health probs due to too rich/much feed. You know your own property, but I'd do the research & consider getting grazing muzzles for them, at least for the growing season. You can also restrict their grazing and also encourage more exercise by using electric tape to make 'laneways' & tracks around the paddock. See safergrass.org for one good source on further info.
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post #12 of 12 Old 08-18-2011, 11:45 AM
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I believe that he would be fine during summer and fall months on just grass, and grass/hay in the winter. I do have to change my advice though for spring- as a grazing muzzle might be a good idea in the first month or so of grass growth in your area (whether it's february or june) because baby grass tends to be extremely rich and can colic a horse. Seeing as how you have a shetland (easier acclimated to different feeds than minis in general) though, I think 24-7 grass would be fine. I would recommend buying a shetland from your area who is already pastured and not stalled, though, in order to decrease chances of colic, laminitis, or founder. If after a few months the shetland seems to be doing poorly with it's diet, then you should start thinking of different options. Otherwise, I think he or she would be fine.

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