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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
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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