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  • When should i start feeding horses in pasture hay
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    10-01-2010, 07:51 AM
  #11
Foal
Tbh the longer you can go without I would say the better, cheaper, more natural and less dusty than hay. I wouldn't start feeding hay untill you notice and decrease in her weight, or your pasture is looking abit bare but since you have said it's so plentyful I doubt that will happen first.

The only thing I would watch is if the grass is very tall and plentyful watch out she doesnt over do it and end up with a sore tummy, but if she comes in to get riden groomed etc that should be a suficient enough daily break from grass.

In our field we electic fenced off a section at the bottom so once they grazed the field and it was looking abit bare we could move it back at a suitable rate to make it last abit longer so that might be worth a shot so you can watch she doesn't get to fat and decided how much you want her access too.If your field is big enough you could half it so when its done she can be swapped over letting the grass recover and then moved back and forth, though it is a wee bit late for much growth.

I'm kind of jealous you have such a good sounding pasture at this time of year ! Ha

Kay

ETA: I just noticed theres a post further up that someone has suggested the electric fencing and rotation stuff ah well I should read more before I post haha
     
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    10-01-2010, 10:15 AM
  #12
Started
AB they wont' "normally" eat the day if there is plenty of fresh forage... some horses will but MOST will leave the hay for grass everytime.
     
    10-01-2010, 10:48 AM
  #13
Banned
Um, OK. Sure. Mine missed that day of training, obviously.

Hay is easy to eat. You can stand in one spot and just eat away.


Green pasture that was seeded at the same time with the same seed as the hay field was planted. (In other words, both are the same thing.)
When I put hay out they will stand up at the barn and eat all the hay before wandering back out to graze.
Heck, I can even put the hay in the small hole hay nets and they will eat it all up.

I will have to explain to them tonight that they should not want my hay since they have plenty of grass.
     
    10-01-2010, 10:57 AM
  #14
Started
Or the pasture isn't as nice as you think... most horse won't do that...

After 30 years of feeding and many years of working at barns with both options avaliable that is my experience.

Many times a grass will be good hay but poor pasture or great pasture and poor hay.

When fall hits and I have pasture left I start by putting one flake out as needed and just throw more when that one is gone. I don't have good pasture so only get to go about a month or two without throwing hay
     
    10-01-2010, 11:17 AM
  #15
Yearling
Your pretty far away from me, but I've been getting really nice prarie hay (grass hay) for 2.50 to 3$ a bale, but once it starts snowing, it will jump up to 5-6$/per bale, so I'm stocking up now and buying 30-50 bales every 2 weeks at the auction and storing up for winter
     
    10-03-2010, 12:43 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Um, OK. Sure. Mine missed that day of training, obviously.

Hay is easy to eat. You can stand in one spot and just eat away.


Green pasture that was seeded at the same time with the same seed as the hay field was planted. (In other words, both are the same thing.)
When I put hay out they will stand up at the barn and eat all the hay before wandering back out to graze.
Heck, I can even put the hay in the small hole hay nets and they will eat it all up.

I will have to explain to them tonight that they should not want my hay since they have plenty of grass.
My horses must have been hanging out with your horses out behind the school when this lesson was being taught.
     
    10-03-2010, 12:48 AM
  #17
Showing
Apparently we all own a bunch of delinquent horses. Mine are the same way.
     
    10-03-2010, 12:51 AM
  #18
Started
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Originally Posted by Maverick101    
My horses must have been hanging out with your horses out behind the school when this lesson was being taught.
LOL! I think mine were there too! Had to kick them out to pasture to get them to eat green grass. Otherwise they would stand there and eat my hay all day long.
     
    10-03-2010, 01:48 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Plains Drifter    
LOL! I think mine were there too! Had to kick them out to pasture to get them to eat green grass. Otherwise they would stand there and eat my hay all day long.
Right now, my horse is in the backyard stuffing his face because it's the only grass he gets, only every once in a while. Your horses all need to appreciate their grass! Hahahaha
     
    10-03-2010, 01:55 AM
  #20
Foal
THIS is why my horses appreciate grass... **** Australian weather
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